Snoring is a harsh sound that occurs during sleep. It happens because of the air when flows relaxed the tissues. This soft tissue vibrates when you breathe. It is a common problem among men and women and may occur mostly in night. However, for some people, it can be a chronic condition. In addition to that, it can also affect your partner and will have an impact on your sleep as well. If you snore occasionally, you can overcome this problem by changing your lifestyle, such as losing weight, sleep on your side, and avoid drinking alcohol before bedtime. On the other hand, if you snore regularly, you should ask for medical assistance.
What Causes Snoring?
Snoring happens when the air circulation through the mouth and nose is hindered. It can be obstructed due to the following reasons such as:
- Nasal Obstruction: There are people who only snore when they have sinus infections. Deviated septum and nasal polyps can also cause obstruction.
- Bulky throat tissue: In children, large tissues are the cause of bulky tissue in the throat, while among adults being overweight is the more common cause of bulky throat tissues which result in snoring.
- Poor muscle tone in the throat and tongue: The muscles of the throat and tongue can be too relaxed, allowing them to collapse and fall back into the airway. This happens because of a deep sleep, consuming alcohol or tobacco, or by using any sleeping pills.
- Long soft palate: Also known as the long uvula, it can narrow the opening from the nose to the throat, which can somewhat block the airway.
- Other includes such as if you are male, you are 40 years of age or older, pregnancy, or any family history of snoring.
Effects of Snoring on Your Oral Health
Snoring cause xerostomia (dry mouth). It is a condition where your salivary glands in your mouth are not making enough saliva to keep your mouth moistened. Saliva plays an important role when it comes to coat and moisten the oral tissues. Therefore, the lack of saliva can cause several dental issues such as tooth decay, gum disease, burning mouth syndrome, bad breath, and infections & sores.
Furthermore, there are a collection of dead cells in your mouth, which when not removed decompose and create a bad smell. Therefore, saliva is extremely important as it disinfects the oral cavity by washing the tongue, gingiva, and cheeks of collected dead cells. It neutralizes the acids created by plaque and wash off any food particles left in your mouth. The effect of lack of saliva can cause a burning sensation in your tongue, lips, throat, palate, gums, or in the entire mouth. Because of the lack of salivary flow, there are high chances that harmful bacterias grow in your mouth more quickly, thereby resulting in mouth infection and wounds. To prevent these problems, it is highly recommended that you follow strict oral hygiene.
Oral appliance therapy:
Snoring has a negative impact on your oral health problems. Oral appliance therapy is widely used for the treatment of snoring, however, there are few dental side effects has been reported by some users. Furthermore, you have changed your lifestyle and sleeping pattern, even though you’re facing the snoring problem and need medical assistance, you should visit your dentist immediately.