Posted on 11/25/2019 by Cole Anderson, DMD, MS
|When you have oral pain, you want a few things. You want to know why you have the pain and you want to know what to do about it.
Not all the things behind the oral pain are always obvious. If you snore, it is possible that the snoring has a connection to your pain. It may not seem like these things should go together, but there is a connection.
Snoring and Breathing Through Your Mouth
There are several different causes for snoring. Problems with nasal congestion, alcohol and tobacco use and physical issues can cause snoring. One common reason that people snore is sleep apnea. All these things can cause snoring, but that does not completely explain how snoring can lead to oral pain.
When you snore, you breathe through your mouth. That can lead to a condition called dry mouth. While most may think that waking up with a dry mouth is an inconvenience that causes you to go for a glass of water in the middle of the night, it could also lead to issues that create the oral pain.
The saliva your mouth produces helps remove debris and bacteria that grow on your teeth and gums while you sleep. If you snore and create a dry mouth, the saliva does not perform that function. The accelerated growth of bacteria can lead to plaque and tartar that can also lead to tooth decay and cavities.
What to Do
The key is to discover the cause of the snoring. Nasal conditions can call for the use of something that will open the nasal airway. Mouthguards can help with the sleep apnea that causes snoring. Other treatments may help resolve the snoring, stop the dry mouth and avoid unnecessary oral pain.
The connection between the oral pain and snoring is not always obvious, but it is there. If you want to keep your oral health in good shape, take the steps you need to correct your snoring before it is too late. Call our office today to get the help you need for your teeth and gums.