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Sleep your way to better oral health – Part 3.

So far, we have discussed the benefits of a good night’s sleep in helping to prevent periodontal disease, tooth loss and bruxism which may lead to jaw pain, headaches and damaged teeth.

This time we turn our attention to dry mouth. This is a condition estimated to affect between 12% and 47% of those over 65 years of age and 10% to 19% of people in their early thirties.

It’s caused by a lack of saliva being generated by the salivary glands and gets its name from the dry feeling caused in the oral cavity. This can lead to bad breath, tooth decay and gum disease if left untreated.

These problems may arise as saliva plays an important role in the oral environment and has been found to help prevent dental caries forming. 

During sleep, saliva production naturally decreases, however, conditions such as sleep apnoea can cause people to breathe solely through their mouth, evaporating the saliva, creating a more acidic environment and putting teeth at risk of caries.

A restful night’s sleep and breathing through the nose will allow the mouth to stay moist and help the saliva prevent decay and other issues. If you snore or have sleep apnoea give us a call to found out more about how snore guards can help.

That’s it for all three parts of sleeping your way to better health. Everyone at Illume hopes you found it useful.