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How Sleeping with Your Mouth Open Impacts Your Oral Health

Posted on 10/25/2019 by Water's Edge Dental
How Sleeping with Your Mouth Open Impacts Your Oral HealthSleeping with your mouth open, might not seem like a big deal, but when it comes to your oral hygiene and health, and even in the facial construction and development of small children, it does create major concern for us in the dental profession.

Keep reading to find out how you can tell if you are sleeping with your mouth open and how it affects your health.

How Can You Tell if You Sleep With Your Mouth Open?

You might not have a family member of relative that can tell you if you are sleeping with your mouth open at night, and it's important that you understand the symptoms of this threatening habit. Some of the more common symptoms of sleeping with your mouth open include waking up with dry mouth and lips, overcrowded teeth, loud snoring with an open mouth or constant bad breath.

If you are experiencing any of these issues, or if you know for a fact that you sleep with your mouth open, schedule a consultation in our office and we will diligently assist you in rectifying the problem and get you back to being the healthiest version of yourself.

When you breathe out of your mouth, it may be a sign of CNO (Chronic Nasal Obstruction). When our bodies are deprived of enough oxygen during sleep through the normal means, which is through the nasal passage, your brain automatically goes to plan b to get oxygen, your mouth.

Sleeping with your mouth open can lead to serious health problems caused from dry mouth and not producing enough saliva, including stroke, and even heart complications. In children, it can lead to sleepless nights.

At our office, we are highly trained to identify the symptoms and characteristics associated with sleeping with your mouth open and are quick to take notice of any potential problems that may result. This makes keeping your routine exams in our office extremely important. If we are able to diagnose mouth breathing in the early stages, we can quickly decide on what the causes are and recommend the best treatment options to repair and prevent further complications down the road.

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