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Sleep Apnea and Oral Health: What's the Correlation?

Posted on 2/20/2015 by Truman Nielsen
sleep apnea is connected to oral health Sleep apnea is a common health issue that many of our patients struggle with. While sleep apnea can be detrimental to your physical health, it also causes many problems with your oral health too. A few of the oral health problems that sleep apnea patients suffer from include dry mouth and bruxism.

Dry Mouth Leads to Cavities

Sleep apnea patients tend to sleep with their mouths open and snore quite frequently. When this happens, the amount of saliva that is produced is reduced. When there is not enough saliva being produced you could suffer from bad breath, gum disease and tooth decay. Salvia production helps to keep your mouth healthy, without it your oral health could greatly suffer.

Bruxism (grinding your teeth)

Sleep apnea and bruxism are can be directly correlated in some cases. If you suffer from sleep apnea, it means that you are not getting a good night's sleep. Over time, this can cause you to suffer from mood swings, anxiety, depression and stress. When you do sleep, these mood disorders could cause you to grind your teeth because your muscles are clenched. In the end, you could have even more issues to deal with including loose teeth, uneven teeth, headaches and jaw pain.

If you suffer from sleep apnea, it is worth talking to your health professional. Let us know if you have questions or need more information about the the sleep apnea and oral health connection.
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