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A Dry Mouth Is a Dangerous Mouth

By: Dr. Ratti Handa on March 29th, 2017

Spring is officially here, a time of year that many of us long for. But with spring comes allergies, congestion, sleep disruption and mouth breathing. When we wake up with a dry mouth we usually down a glass of water and go about our day. But did you know that regular mouth breathing can lead to an increase in dental and health problems?

A dry mouth means that you could be at risk for an increase in tooth decay. Your saliva protects your teeth: it keeps bacteria at bay and neutralizes acids. When you breathe through your mouth there is less saliva and a heightened risk for harmful bacteria.

But tooth decay is only the beginning. Chronic dry mouth often results in an increase in bad breath and puts you at a higher risk for gum disease and gingivitis. Gum disease is a serious oral health problem that has also been closely linked to whole body issues like heart attacks, strokes and heart disease. In other words, mouth breathing—if left untreated–has the potential to kick off a very serious domino effect.

Mouth breathing in children can also be especially harmful. If left untreated, it can lead to poor sleep, lower oxygen concentration in the blood, crooked teeth, headaches, sore throats and even facial deformities.

How do I know if I’m a mouth breather?

Here are some common signs and symptoms of being a mouth breather:

• Dry lips
• Crowded teeth
• Snoring and open mouth while sleeping
• Airway infections including sinus, ears and colds
• Chronic bad breath

If you or someone you love has noticed any of these symptoms, please reach out to us and book an appointment. Prevention and awareness is essential and we work hard to meet our clients wherever they are in their dental wellness journey!

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