Written By Maggie Bloom / Reviewed By Ray Spotts
Your body health is one of the most important things you can ever have. People are always busy looking for tangible wealth, forgetting that your health is the most valuable wealth you can ever have. You can never have peace if your health is not in good condition.
However rich you may be, you can never enjoy it if you feel any pain in any part of your body. Therefore, it is essential to consider investing in your body first.
There are many causes of an unhealthy body. One of the most common ones is snoring, which many people ignore. This article explains how snoring can affect your dental health and how to prevent the effects.
Causes of Snoring
Snoring is caused by the relaxation of tissues in the mouth. When you are sleeping, the tissues in the upper part of your mouth relax. The tissues may relax to the point that they block your airway. The air, therefore, struggles to pass through. The soft tissues in the airway start to vibrate, causing the snoring sound.
Why do People Snore?
You may be wondering the reason why people snore without getting an answer. Below are some of the reasons why people snore.
- Snoring may be caused by your sleeping position. Sleeping on your back may alter the position of your airway when sleeping with a flat pillow.
- Being overweight can also be the cause of snoring. That is because you will have more tissues around the throat that will narrow your airway.
- Some people are also naturally born with narrow airways due to elongated uvula and large tonsils.
- Chronic nasal congestion can also cause snoring because it obstructs the airflow when you are breathing.
- Drinking alcohol can also lead to snoring because it will relax the muscles in the throat, causing a blockage in the airway.
How does it affect your dental health?
Most people who snore usually are not aware of their condition. On most occasions, they get annoyed when you inform them of the condition or deny it. That may be because it happens when someone is asleep, so it's tough to know what is happening to you when you are sleeping.
Whether you deny the condition or not, when it is there, it is there. The only thing you need to do is reduce the effects it has on your health. You may be shocked when you are told that snoring affects your dental health, right? But it is a reality.
The most known effect of snoring is interruption of sleep. If you have ever slept next to someone who snores, you must be aware of how boring it is. That is because it interferes with your sleep. A significant effect of snoring is the oral effect, but how?
Snoring can sometimes cause blockages in the nasal airways and poor muscle tone in the tongue. Snoring also is the common cause of dry mouth. Saliva is a fluid that plays a vital role in your mouth. Just like watering a plant to keep it moist, saliva also makes the mouth tissues moist all the time so that they are active to perform their functions.
When saliva stops flowing to the tissues, it may cause dental problems such as tooth decay and gum disease. Tooth decay is a common problem that is caused by so many things other than snoring. It can make you feel a lot of pain in your mouth. Tooth decay can also restrict you from eating certain foods because of the pain associated with it.
Snoring can also cause sleep apnea. In that case, you should consult a sleep apnea snoring dentist.
How to Reduce Snoring
There are many steps that snorers can take to reduce snoring. You can also see your dentist for the best advice on how to reduce snoring. Many people want to reduce their snoring because no one likes it, and it is difficult to stop it completely.
Even as you work towards decreasing your snoring, you should also keep up with your mouth health routine. You can try out the following recommendations to see the difference they can make in your snoring.
- Reduce the amount of caffeine you take throughout the day.
- Limit your consumption of sugary and processed foods.
- Reduce your alcohol consumption, especially before bedtime. If possible, you can stop it completely.
- Quit smoking
- Sleep on your side and not on your back
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Maggie Bloom graduated from Utah Valley University with a degree in communication and writing. In her spare time, she loves to dance, read, and bake. She also enjoys traveling and scouting out new brunch locations.
Founder Ray Spotts has a passion for all things natural and has made a life study of nature as it relates to health and well-being. Ray became a forerunner bringing products to market that are extraordinarily effective and free from potentially harmful chemicals and additives. For this reason Ray formed Trusted Health Products, a company you can trust for clean, effective, and healthy products. Ray is an organic gardener, likes fishing, hiking, and teaching and mentoring people to start new businesses. You can get his book for free, “How To Succeed In Business Based On God’s Word,” at www.rayspotts.com.