Does your mouth make noises? No, we’re not talking about the voluntary noises that you make like words or whistles. Does your mouth make sounds uncontrollably? Are they consistent sounds that happen every day or every night? Does your jaw frequently click or pop? Do you snore when you sleep? Is your mouth so dry that you hear your lips and gums smacking? If you said yes to any of these questions, your mouth might be trying to tell you something. Some sounds could be a sign that an issue or problem is happening inside your smile. Talk to your dental team at E-Care Dentistry if you notice consistent sounds from your mouth.
Clicking and Popping Jaw
If you often hear your jaw popping or clicking, it can be a sign of TMJ disorder. TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorder is a malfunction of the joints that control your jaw. It can lead to pain or stiffness in your face, jaw, neck, shoulders, or frequent headaches. It may be caused by misalignment. It can be caused by bruxism (the grinding of your teeth) that could be overworking your jaw. There are options for relief from TMJ disorder.
Snoring with Gasping
Some nightly snoring is just simple snoring, but some snoring is a symptom of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Snoring that is marked by loud gasps for air is likely OSA. Sleep apnea occurs when your airway is obstructed by the soft tissues of your throat and mouth. It can lead to higher blood pressure, higher risks of stroke and heart disease, fatigue, mood swings, etc. It is important to treat sleep apnea for your health’s sake.
Dry Mouth Smacking
If your mouth is very dry, it can become a haven for bacteria to reproduce. Harmful bacteria can cause gum disease and tooth decay. If you have a consistently dry mouth, talk to your dentist about ways to address it.
Do you have a noisy smile?
Some noises from your smile can be warning signs of a bigger issue. To schedule a consultation call E-Care Dentistry, PA in Olathe, KS, today at 913-764-1018. We also proudly serve patients from Overland Park, Lenexa, Leawood, Gardner, Spring Hill, Osawatomie, Edgerton, Shawnee, Johnson County, De Soto, Paola, Lawrence, and all surrounding communities.