General Causes of Snoring

What are the General Causes of Snoring?

By | Dental Article

What are the General Causes of Snoring?

Snoring can be caused by a variety of different factors and understanding how these affect you and how to stop them will help you and your partner get better, uninterrupted sleep.

What is Snoring?

Snoring is the rumbling sound that is made while you sleep, caused by your airways having restricted airflow. The air now has a narrower passage to flow through, and this causes the tissues in your nose and throat to vibrate and emit noise.

Snoring is very common, and a study by The National Center for Biotechnology Information found that as many as 44% of men and 28% of women snore on a regular basis. That’s a huge number!

Understanding the factors that cause snoring can help you prevent this from happening every night and can allow you to get more restful sleep on a regular basis.

What Causes Snoring?

Obstruction of Airways

The obstruction of airways is by far the most common cause of snoring. As seen in cases of sleep apnea, this involves your airways being physically blocked, often from the muscles in your neck and throat relaxing when you fall asleep. If you are overweight or have excess fat and tissue around your neck, this can push up against your air passages and cause you to snore.

While this is completely natural and happens frequently, one way to reduce this is to do some exercises to help strengthen your neck muscles and potentially reduce the amount of tissue that can put pressure on your passageways.

Another thing to avoid is alcohol, drugs, and sleeping pills. These can all increase muscle relaxation further, and while they may help you fall asleep will actually cause more pressure on your airways and lead to more snoring.

Nasal and Throat Irritants

Nasal and throat irritation is another factor that can cause snoring. When these airways get irritated, they can become inflamed and, like physical blockage, causes the passageways to be narrowed. If you find that you snore more often during allergy season, this could be the cause of your snoring. Other environmental factors like poor air quality can cause this as well, but this can most likely be combated with allergy medication or by staying indoors.

Smokers increase their risk of snoring, as the smoke physically irritates your airways each time you take a puff. Giving up smoking has many health benefits, and reducing your likelihood is one of them.

Irritation can also be caused by dehydration. If you are not drinking enough water, the natural lubricants in your body are less effective. This can lead to dryness and irritation in your throat, causing you to snore more than usual.

Other Medical Issues

Other physical medical issues like a deviated septum, inflamed tonsils, or a large than average uvula can cause snoring and are much harder to combat. These issues all cause additional blockages in your airways, causing you to snore when you sleep.

Sleep disorders such as sleep apnea require also are direct causes of snoring, but fixing these issues will require consultation with a medical professional.

3 Solutions for Straightening Your Teeth

By | Orthodontics

3 Solutions for Straightening Your Teeth

Having crooked teeth can have a detrimental impact on so many aspects of your life – your speech, your bite, brushing and flossing effectively, and even your self-esteem. There are three different orthodontic solutions for straightening your teeth, giving you the smile you’ve always wanted and making dental care more effective.

Traditional Orthodontics

Traditional braces are very effective at straightening your crooked teeth. With this method, wires and brackets are used to apply constant gentle pressure to the teeth and move them into the right place over a period of time. As teeth shift, the wires are changed and brackets are tightened to continue to push them in the right direction. After your teeth are straightened, the use of a retainer is required to keep your teeth in place while your bone tissue adjusts to the new placement of your teeth. Traditional orthodontics are a popular choice among patients.

Invisalign

Invisalign uses clear plastic material, so this method of straightening your teeth is very discreet. The aligners can be removed while eating, brushing, and flossing, so you don’t have to worry about avoiding certain foods the way you’d have to do with traditional orthodontics. If you’re worried about the aesthetics of having braces, Invisalign is likely the best choice for you to straighten your crooked teeth. Invisalign can be used to close gaps between your teeth as well as straightening your teeth. Each set of aligners is custom-made to fit a patient’s mouth, and gets changed regularly as the teeth shift into place.

Six Month Smiles

Six Month Smiles is perfect if you simply need minor cosmetic adjustments and aren’t looking for a way to fix your bite. While traditional orthodontics and Invisalign will fix your bite, Six Month Smiles will not, instead focusing solely on cosmetic changes. This method involves only moving the teeth that will be shown when you smile. Teeth are moved using transparent braces and memory wire, so the teeth are moved quickly to give you fast results in the most visible area.

Why Straighten Your Teeth?

Leaving your teeth crooked can cause dental issues. When you have crooked teeth, it is harder to brush and floss properly. You are unable to get at every part of your teeth with your toothbrush. This makes cavities and dental infections much more likely to develop in a mouth with crooked teeth. When your teeth are straightened, you can brush and floss much better.

 

Straightening your crooked teeth can not only help improve your smile and self-confidence, but can also benefit your overall dental health. Your risk of cavities and dental issues lessens when your teeth aren’t overlapping, and you can get at every nook of your teeth. Straightening your teeth can be done a few different ways depending on your needs. Whether you choose traditional orthodontics, Invisalign, or Six Month Smiles, having straight teeth will give you a better smile and keep you in better health.

 

Contact Pacific Dental Care today and schedule a consultation to discuss your treatment options.

The Importance of Preventative Dentistry

By | Dental Article

Preventative Dentistry

It is a common assumption that you only need to visit the dentist when you’ve got a problem. But nothing could be farther from the truth. According to recent reports, nearly half of adults in the U.S. do not visit the dentist for preventative dentistry, such as regular exams, x-rays, and cleanings.

Gum Disease is Rampant in Adults in America

The fact that almost half of American adults lack preventive oral healthcare is a disturbing statistic considering that nearly the same percentage of adults have some level of gum disease and nearly three-quarters of adults are estimated to have at least one cavity.

While the individuals skipping their regular check-ups may feel like they are saving time and money in the short-term, they may actually end up spending more money on expensive interventions down the road.

The Answer to Fighting Gum Disease

Keeping your dental exams and periodic cleanings is not just about saving money. Maintaining good oral health is an important part of keeping your whole body healthy. While daily brushing and flossing is essential for a health mouth, regular check-ups and cleanings are also very important. For most adults, it is recommended they get a dental checkup and cleaning every six months. However, depending on your individual needs and personal dental history, your dentist may recommend more frequent visits.

By regularly monitoring your oral health and keeping up on necessary preventative care, dental disease and decay is less likely to occur. If a problem is found during your regular check-up, it is often easier to fix because it was spotted quickly. As a result, the need for expensive intervention and treatment is virtually eliminated, and any threat to your overall health has been removed. When it comes to keeping your dental exams and periodic cleanings, remember the old saying: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

If you have put-off scheduling your next dental checkup and cleaning, we would love to help get you back on track. We have appointments available to fit into even the busiest schedules. Make 2019 the year you made a change for the better. Contact Pacific Dental Care today to schedule your appointment.