Sleeping with your mouth open can cause unsuspected health problems

This common sleeping position can actually cause more harm than relief. However, with proper precautions it is possible to cure this habit.

There are risks to your health if you adopt this posture while sleeping. Sleeping with your mouth open can indeed lead to complications. No, the risk is not a bug crawling in your mouth, but this habit can affect your health.

Unsuspected health problems

Sleeping while lying on your back often leads to an open mouth. Having your mouth ajar might lead to an increase in dental problems. If you don't know whether you sleep with your mouth open, you can easily find out. When you wake up, you can assess whether you have a dry mouth.

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Having your mouth ajar might lead to an increase in dental problems sdominick GETTY_IMAGES

As per Rejuvenation Dentistry sleeping with your mouth open can dry your saliva, which protects the mouth from tooth decay. Moreover, irritation and cavities may appear due to the oral acidity caused by this specific position.

How do you get rid of this habit?

According to WebMD, there are techniques for breathing through your nose at night. This bad habit is curable. It is advisable to avoid sleeping on your back, but rather on your stomach or on your side. Use a large pillow under your head when. you sleep, keep your nose clean and practice breathing in and out through your nose.

According to Marie Claire, a certain category of people is more affected by this daily health concern: men are more likely to sleep with their mouths open. They would be more than 30% to have this mechanism, against 5% for women.

This article is translated from Oh!MyMag FR.

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