4126277314_70b76958d4_o-300x199Are you or is somebody you love a noisy sleeper? Then pay attention: Snoring could be contributing to health problems without you realizing it.

Many of us think of snoring as a minor inconvenience, and for some people, that’s all it is. If you live alone, it may not bother you at all, but if you share sleeping quarters with somebody else, it can cause disturbances. But whether you live alone or with others, it’s imperative to your health to find out — or let somebody know — if nightly snoring happens.

Why does snoring matter so much?

Snoring happens when the roof of the mouth, also called the soft palate, relaxes during sleep. The relaxed tissue can partially block the air entering through the esophagus, which results in those distinctive-sounding vibrations we call snores. But unless you are diagnosed with sleep apnea, the snoring itself isn’t dangerous — it’s the effect on the oral cavity that is cause for concern.

Snoring is directly related to xerostomia, or dry mouth, which can have devastating effects on your teeth. Saliva is vital to the health of our mouths; it rids all surfaces of harmful bacteria that can cause any number of ailments from bad breath to tooth and gum disease. Without saliva, our mouths become susceptible to disease and ailments that would otherwise be preventable.

Many people snore from time to time, but certain people are at a higher risk for chronic snoring. Eliminating the use of alcohol, tobacco, and sedatives can reduce the risk for some. If you or somebody you know is a frequent snorer, talk to your dentist about it right away. Here at High Peaks, we can easily make you an appliance that helps alleviate snoring, and often, it’s already covered under your dental insurance.

If you begin to take precautions against snoring now, you’ll not only sleep better, but you’ll also have better oral health down the road.

 

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