You already know that problems with teeth alignment can affect the way you eat and chew. In fact, they can change the way you speak! But are you also aware they can lead to sleeping problems?
Bruxism is the medical term for the consistent and excessive grinding and clenching of the teeth. It may not disturb your sleep, but it can affect others’ because of the potential loudness or noise. That is not the only problem. The more the person grinds the teeth, the more they experience wear and tear.
So far, doctors have not determined the exact reason for bruxism. Many of them say it is because you are under a lot of stress. Others believe it is a reaction to the poor alignment of teeth.
Dentists say occasional teeth grinding is normal. If it becomes a habit, then it needs an intervention. The dentist may provide you with an appliance that can minimize the effects of grinding.
Sleep apnea is a condition where the person takes breathing pauses. It happens when the throat muscles relax, blocking the proper flow of air. But it can also occur when you have misaligned teeth or bite problems. The structure of the teeth may worsen the air blockage.
Health experts also connect sleep apnea and bruxism. This condition is dangerous. The person may sleep without ever knowing he or she stopped breathing! Moreover, if the pauses are long, they can deprive the brain of the necessary oxygen.
Of course, there are many underlying causes and symptoms for these conditions. Sleep apnea, for example, can be due to obesity. Do not take these conditions for granted, though. If they are due to teeth problems, see an orthodontist who can give you orthodontic appliances.
Their recommendation depends on the severity of your condition.