Sleep apnea is a condition that affects over 20 million Americans and almost 90% of people who have sleep apnea are undiagnosed.
The Center for Disease Control is calling insufficient sleep a public health epidemic. Part of this epidemic of sleepless nights are being caused by a disorder known as sleep apnea, which is far from rare and is oftentimes brushed off as insomnia.
Because those who suffer from sleep apnea often sleep with their mouth open, waking up with a dry mouth or sore throat is a common sign of sleep apnea.
The purpose of saliva is not only to lubricate the mouth, but also to control bacteria and fungi that are naturally occurring in the mouth.
Many people with sleep apnea experience dry mouth from using CPAP machines. The device is designed to gently blow air down the user’s throat. While this effectively keeps the airway open for better breathing, it also dries out the inside of the mouth.
Because the fungus and bacteria in the mouth no longer have saliva as a controlling agent, dry mouth can result in more than a scratchy feeling. It can also cause bad breath, cavities, gum disease and difficulty in swallowing and eating.
Sleep apnea sufferers and those who use a CPAP machine who want a quality night’s rest without the damaging effects of dry mouth are encouraged to use Effervess Natural Oral Care.
- Anti-Fungal/Anti-Bacterial – Dry mouth can lead to fungal and bacterial infections. Aloe Vera has been known to be both anti-bacterial and anti-fungal.
- Gentle/Non-Burning – Mouth tissue on dry mouth patients can be very sensitive. Effervess Aloe Vera toothpaste is so mild it doesn’t cause any burning as usually associated with traditional toothpastes.
- Non-Abrasive/Fights Cavities – Effervess Natural Oral care features calcium to scrape away tartar and plaque. Combined with Xylitol, the calcium not only helps strengthen your enamel, but also helps with the remineralization of your enamel.
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Signs You May Have Dry Mouth
- Extreme thirst.
- Waking up in the night needing water.
- Teeth feel rough like sand.
- Cheeks stick to your teeth.
- Lips feel dry.
While there isn’t any cure for dry mouth, the sooner it gets diagnosed the less damage it does to your teeth. Here are some tips for treating your dry mouth.
- Swish with water in addition to drinking it.
- Chew sugarless gum that contains glycerin and Xylitol.
- Patients with dry mouth should have regular dental checkups. You should bring up-to-date medication list with you to your appointment.
- Alvarado created Effervess Oral Care products, which can help relieve the symptoms of dry mouth caused by medications.