Dental Tips Blog

Dec
26

4 Things Your Smile Reveals About Your Sleep

Posted in Gum Disease

Did you know that many people discover they have a sleep disorder after a trip to the dentist?

The following complications are very common among American adults. By taking a good look at your mouth, you and your dentist might be able to figure out if any of these issues are a sign of a bigger problem…like obstructive sleep apnea.

  1. You Breathe With Your Mouth Open While You Sleep

This isn’t unusual if you have sinus issues. But breathing through your mouth can cause a few problems in your smile:

  • Higher risk for cavities and gum disease
  • Less healthy saliva flow
  • Gum recession

If you suffer from dry mouth and have puffy, rolled, red, or receded gums, then there’s a good chance your mouth is wide open to catch those Z’s!

  1. You Grind Your Teeth At Night

Flattened molars and biting edges are a good sign that you’re grinding your teeth together. This common habit usually happens while people are asleep and unaware of it. If you have sensitive aching teeth or are constantly damaging dental restorations, grinding/bruxism and clenching could be to blame.

  1. You’re A Restless Sleeper

Ever wake up with a headache and sore jaw? Stress could be causing you to clench them together in your sleep. This could be stress related to waking activities or the kind that accompanies vivid dreams.

  1. You Snore

Snoring is caused by tissues in the neck and throat collapsing over the airway. If you have extra tissue around your neck and often wake up with a sore throat and dry mouth, this could mean your body is struggling to breathe while you sleep.

Contact your dentist to learn more about the sleep and smile connection.

Posted on behalf of:
Dentistry of Highland Village
3651 Weslayan St. #208
Houston, TX 77027
(713) 360-7700

Jul
12

How is Your Sleep Affecting Your Smile?

Posted in Sleep Apnea

Although you might not be aware of it, the quality of your sleep impacts your life in many surprising ways.

If you aren’t sleeping well, that shows in your energy levels, your demeanor, and even in your smile.

How does your sleep affect your teeth?

What Is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is a real pain for many Americans. It just drains you of energy despite the fact that you are sleeping. The condition is caused when your brain doesn’t get enough oxygen due to breathing interruptions while you rest.

There are two main types of sleep apnea: central and obstructive.

Neither of these conditions are easily detected during routine doctor visits. You usually find out when a family member or someone sleeping next to you lets you know.

Central sleep apnea is when your brain doesn’t send the right signals for you to breathe regularly.

Obstructive happens when your windpipe is blocked for anatomical reasons.

When your brain gets short on the oxygen it needs, it shocks your body into gasping for an emergency breath of air. In addition to gasping, snoring could also indicate that your airway is being blocked.

Effects On Your Smile

Your body tenses up in its fight to get air. This can cause your jaw to get tense, as well.

Because of all this, you may experience pain in your TMJ or even grind and clench your teeth in your sleep.

By examining your jaw and smile, your dentist may notice signs indicative of sleep apnea. Get help for your sleeping problem and take back your right to a good night’s rest by consulting your local dentist!

Posted on behalf of:
Marietta Smiles
175 White St NW, #300
Marietta, GA 30060
(770) 422-6521

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