Recent studies have found out that sleeping with your mouth open can cause the same amount of damage as drinking a soda pop. Here at Carolinas Dental Sleep Center in Huntersville, North Carolina, we are going to discuss how sleeping with your mouth open can cause an increases risk in tooth decay.
If you sleep with your mouth open, you are at a higher risk of tooth decay than those who sleep with their mouth closed. Sleeping with your mouth open can severely dry out your mouth and will decrease how much saliva is being produced. Your saliva is very important for your teeth. It neutralizes the acid that’s in your mouth and it washes the bacteria away, and thus having dry mouth will increase your risks of tooth decay and cavities. Having dry mouth can also make you have bad breath and other serious issues.
One of the main causes of gum disease is dry mouth. Gum disease is a serious oral health issue that can lead to other health problems all throughout your body like a stroke, or heart disease, and heart attacks. If your children are breathing out of their mouth it can lead to poor sleep, lower oxygen in the blood, and it can lead to facial deformities.
When sleeping with your mouth open, your teeth and gums will no longer be wet and moist and the minerals that’s in your saliva will not be put back into your teeth. Also, your pH balance in your mouth goes haywire. All this means that you have a greater risk at developing cavities and tooth decay.
From now on try to keep your mouth closed while you sleep, for many people this is difficult cause they may not get enough oxygen through their nose. Over all it is very important to try to sleep with your mouth closed so you won’t be at high risk in getting gum disease. If you have any questions or concerns on dry mouth and mouth breathing or anything in general, please don’t hesitate to call us, or come in the office and see us. Here at Carolinas Dental Sleep Center in Huntersville, North Carolina, we take pride in our work and strive to give you the best care possible.