Breathing is one of those things we all take for granted.
There are right ways and wrong ways of breathing which can
have a significant impact on our health. For instance, current
statistics show that over 90% of adult sleep apnoea (episodes
in which breathing stops during sleep) is undiagnosed. This
condition carries a very real risk of a stroke or heart
attack during sleep and can develop in patients who are long
At Dental Wellbeing we always screen patients
for any indication of breathing concerns as long term obstruction
to the airway can lead to:
- Clenching of the teeth and grinding which causes unnecessary
wear on teeth
- Postural problems such as forward head posture
- Snoring and apnoea with increased risk of stroke or heart
- Dehydration of the mouth and body with increased risk
of decay, gum problems and bad breath.
- Hormonal changes (e.g. kidney function
affected, more frequent visits to the bathroom especially
If you snore or are
worried about teeth clenching or grinding we can help you
with advice and practical options for
improving your breathing. We can also refer you to
assessment and treatment.