It plays havoc on your teeth.
I am, said with humility, a very attractive woman, well dressed, well finished, one who always appeared to have money, even though I personally never did.
I mention the above for this year at the relatively young age of 54 I have encountered a huge problem with my teeth that is now going to lead to about 7 having to be extracted, which will lead to the necessary addition of dentures, something i am told NO ONE wants to have to deal with. And i am certainly the last person one would expect to have this problem.
But i am not wealthy enough to lay out $40,000 or so in dentistry bills, especially at this age. If i were 25 I would have done what was necessary to have done so but not at my age.
Not only do I brush my teeth as expected, I also floss and then use a tool ( not sure of its name) that has a tiny round brush set of bristles at the end and after flossing I use that to get traces remaining out from between teeth or the gums.
But somewhere along the line I have had an infection go below the gum but for some reason I was not told of this until it was too late.
Had I known what I was told recently, I would have also been going to a..........oh dear, I forget their names, but a dentist that cleans below the gums by knocking you out i think..........
The basis of this was why I was sent for a sleep apnea test to begin with because what I am now discovering I have, is caused by mouth breathing. They could not understand why my teeth were suddenly experiencing a very high instance of cavities..
Its an added shame for I have beautiful teeth.....or soon to be "had".....the problems aren't in the front but the molars in the back but besides any infection below the gums, the bone has become much weaker, holding the molars........I have been told that when you are a mouth breather the saliva that is in your mouth protects your teeth but when you are dry as I apparently was all the time due to breathing that way, it exasperates the problem twenty fold........
So for any of you that are mouth breathers, especially if you are under 50, make sure you are getting the type of tooth cleaning that goes deep below your gum line.
Secondly there is a mouth wash, very expensive but it will help to increase the saliva in your mouth.
Thirdly, when you are just sitting, not talking, watching TV, reading, whatever, make sure you are swishing your mouth and creating saliva.
If only a dentist had warned me of the possible problem ahead, when I was 40'ish I could have done of extra things to prevent it and if I could have trained myself to sleep with my mouth closed, I would have been far better off now.
Unfortunately it seems that this is only become big news now. I don't know if it is something extremely common these days in my age group but for the first time I am seeing television commercials about the necessity of making sure you are creating saliva if your mouth is dry from mouth breathing...........
For this reason I could NOT accept dry mouth from FF masks.......it creates a breeding ground for bacteria...