Quality sleep is a novelty that we’re all after. It’s not uncommon to have a poor night’s sleep every now and then but having sleep disturbances consistently is cause for concern. What’s even more concerning is that your oral health could be at the root of the problem. Prioritizing your sleep and your teeth go hand in hand so taking the time to plan your next appointment with your local dentist is essential.
- Bruxism (aka teeth grinding): Most people are unaware that they grind their teeth in their sleep. Especially if they sleep primarily alone. Unfortunately, teeth grinding can cause severe damage to teeth by wearing them down leading to cavity formation.
- TMJ (temporomandibular joint syndrome): If you are experiencing clicking noises, tightness in your muscles along the jawline, or locking of the jaw you most likely have an issue with your jaw joint. It’s important to bring up your concerns with your dentist and create a plan of action.
- Difficulty Breathing: If labored breathing, or multiple bouts of breathing complications interrupt your sleep it is time to raise your concerns to your general health practitioner as well as your dentist.
- Dry Mouth: Are you waking up in the morning and feeling like your mouth is akin to the desert? Then your saliva is unable to do its job and break down the harmful bacteria that can easily decay your teeth.
Are you experiencing any of the symptoms above or a combination of them? It’s time to put your oral health and your sleep first. Check in with Spath Dentistry in NewPort Beach California to see how your teeth are affecting your sleep. During your visit the dentist can do a thorough examination of your teeth, gums, bite and determine if intervention is necessary. Intervention could be brush tips, flossing recommendations, and even a mouth guard depending on the severity. Don’t forget to see your dentist regularly for cleaning and dental exams to reduce the risk of sleep disturbance and ensure a better night’s sleep. Have more questions? Schedule your next appointment with Spath Dentistry to chat about them!