Sleep: snoring puts teeth at risk, dentists alert

Sleep: snoring puts teeth at risk, dentists alert

Those who breathe poorly in sleep or Russian facilitate the appearance of caries and damage to the enamel, to support it is the Italian Academy of Conservative and Restorative Dentistry.

Teeth: food friends and enemies of a beautiful and healthy smile

The Italian Academy of Conservative and Restorative Dentistry has no doubts: snoring or breathing badly in sleep damages the teeth.

Not only are adults at risk of caries in the presence of incorrect night breathing, but also and especially the youngest ones. In fact, it is children who breathe in most cases with their mouths open because of frequent colds or allergies. Unfortunately when breathing through the mouth instead of from the nose, the pH of the oral cavity decreases causing an increase in acidity which creates the environment conducive to erosion of the enamel and the development of caries. Studies conducted on the topic have highlighted how those who snore or have sleep apneas have a 37% higher risk of developing caries than those who do not have breathing difficulties in their sleep.

This happens because breathing with your mouth open the oral cavity dries up and the protection provided by saliva to tooth enamel is lost. Saliva in fact contains antibacterial enzymes, antibodies and mineral salts capable of keeping the dental arches clean and protected, as well as helping to maintain an optimal pH of the oral cavity and to counteract the action of harmful bacteria. A dry mouth has high levels of acidity and an altered bacterial flora, all to the advantage of the appearance of caries, irritations, stomatitis, canker sores and gum inflammation.

It is therefore clear how important it is to intervene on sleep disorders related to bad breathing, in adults as well as in children. Unfortunately, these problems in most cases are not diagnosed and therefore cured, creating problems for the health of the oral cavity and beyond.

The most common sleep breathing disorder is snoring which can cause serious harm to the body since it deprives the body of oxygen and if taken under the leg can lead to long-term problems such as high blood pressure, heart disease and increased risk of cancer. . There are, however, factors that increase your propensity, such as being overweight and smoking. Some medicines, including sleeping pills, increase it all, as well as hormonal changes in menopause.

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