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Snoring is Not an Ailment as Much as It Is a Symptom
Posted on 2/15/2020 by Crossroads Family Dental
Snoring can have negative effects on your life, from annoying your partner at night to high blood pressure. However, snoring can also impact your oral health.
An obstructed nasal passage can cause snoring, as well as drinking alcohol, tobacco use, and even poor muscle tone in your throat or tongue. Another common and more serious cause of snoring is sleep apnea, with almost 25 million Americans suffering from this condition, with many not knowing they have it.
Snoring and Your Oral Health
Snoring can cause many oral health problems, largely due to dry mouth caused by sleeping with your mouth open. It's necessary to have a consistent flow of saliva in your mouth to keep your oral tissues moistened and coated. Dry mouth is an indication that your saliva production is lacking and can cause bad breath, tooth decay, gum disease, and burning mouth syndrome, as well as sores and infections if dry mouth persists.
What Can I Do About My Snoring?
It's most important to rule out sleep apnea or other condition that could be contributing to your snoring. Consider a visit to your doctor to determine if other health problems are the cause, such as an anatomical condition or nasal problems, and alcohol use relaxes your throat muscles and decreases your natural ability to keep your airway unobstructed.
Therefore, snoring is usually not an ailment in its own right, but rather a symptom of other health conditions. In turn, snoring can cause all sorts of oral health problems that can lead to gum disease, and even some types of oral cancer. If you're concerned about how your snoring may be affecting both your oral and overall health, contact our office to schedule a visit.
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