Study: People who sleep with mouths open at higher risk of denta - FOX 8 WVUE New Orleans News, Weather, Sports, Social

Study: People who sleep with mouths open at higher risk of dental problems

Study: People who sleep with mouths open at higher risk of dental problems

At different stages of the night, the pH levels of mouth-breathers fell below the threshold when tooth enamel breaks down. (Source: CNN photo) At different stages of the night, the pH levels of mouth-breathers fell below the threshold when tooth enamel breaks down. (Source: CNN photo)
(FOX NEWS) -

If you sleep with your mouth open, you may be at a higher risk of dental erosion and tooth decay.

An international team of researchers fitted volunteers with a device that continuously measured the pH levels and temperatures. At different stages of the night, the pH levels of mouth-breathers fell below the threshold when tooth enamel breaks down.

Previous studies have suggested individuals suffering with dry mouth have a higher risk of tooth erosion. 

This is the first to study to continuously monitor pH changes in healthy individuals.

You can read more about the study in the Journal of Oral Rehabilitation

Copyright 2016 WVUE. All rights reserved.

Powered by Frankly