How You Develop More Cavities by Sleeping with Your Mouth Open
Posted on 6/15/2019 by Winning Smile Dental Group
Ah, those mouth breathers. They are the bane of our existence at night, right? If you live with a mouth breather, you know what we are talking about. They breathe loudly all night long, and they snore, which might keep you awake.
However, did you know that those darn mouth breathers may be causing more dental problems for themselves by sleeping with their mouths open? It's true. Keep reading to find out how mouth breathers may have more problems than just a stuffy nose.
Dry Mouth Leads To Cavities
If you are a mouth breather, and you sleep with your mouth open at night, chances are that you have a stuffy nose that is causing you to breathe with your mouth open. If you sleep with your mouth open all night, chances are that you are drying your mouth out every night as well. That's not a good thing. The saliva you dry out in your mouth every night is the same saliva that keeps your mouth healthy. Saliva acts as a daily rinse for your mouth.
It washes away bacteria and food particles that may be in your mouth, which keeps them from sticking to your teeth. With a dry mouth, it is hard for your saliva to break down anything, which means that all of that plaque stays on your teeth overnight.
With time, plaque and bacteria mean that acids from the bacteria will eat holes in your enamel. This will cause cavities. Research has shown that people with dry mouth have more cavities than people who don't have dry mouth.
If you have dry mouth, we have some suggestions for you to try, and some ways to be able to sleep with your mouth closed. This would give your saliva a chance to do its job, not to mention your partner will be able to sleep more soundly. Why not give us a call today, and let us make you an appointment? We love to help mouth breathers!