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When the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is misaligned, a condition known as temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) can result. The TMJ is located on the side of the face, just in front of the ear where the ear and lower jaw meet. Alignment of this joint is important for all teeth to be well aligned.
Patients suffering from TMD may grind or clench their jaw during the night. The result is waking with a headache or dull pain in the face. Also, this misalignment can mean that the lower jaw is too far back in the mouth. Overnight, the jaw muscles are trying to support an improperly positioned jaw. As these muscles relax during sleep, the tongue is naturally placed in a position too far back in the mouth. The resulting obstruction in breathing can cause you to snore.
Many aspects of the mouth can cause obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), including the tongue and jaw. As a person sleeps, the tongue and lower jaw relax, usually backward. The tongue and jaw, when in this relaxed state, can block the airway, which leads to snoring and can make sleep apnea worse.
One common remedy to alleviate snoring is the use of a mandibular advancement device (MAD) or oral appliance. This molded device holds the lower jaw in a forward position and also brings the tongue forward. The result is an elevated soft palate that helps to open the airway.
Bacteria can adhere to removable sleep apnea appliances, including mandibular advancement devices (MAD) and continuous positive airway pressure devices (CPAP), and, if they remain on the device undisturbed, they can replicate rapidly to form mature biofilms on those devices because they remain in place for a significant period of the night. These biofilms will contain benign species from within the normal oral biome, as well as potentially pathogenic species that can cause dental problems, such as Streptococcus mutans, the primary bacterial species associated with the development of dental caries. Biofilms on devices that are stored between usage occasions, like sleep apnea appliances, may also harbor non-oral organisms derived from the device’s storage case or container. If these biofilms remain on the devices between usage occasions, they can create issues, such as impaired device aesthetics and undesirable taste and odor. In addition, there may be a risk of developing bacteria-induced diseases and conditions in the mouth and, perhaps, elsewhere in the body.
Thus, the buildup of bacterial biofilm on night guards can negatively impact a user’s experience and compliance to its use.
Smilesaver™ is a proprietary, safe and effective, on-the-go spray for cleansing and freshening removable oral devices to help improve users’ compliance to their device usage programs. The product quickly and effectively reduces bad taste and offensive odor and is proven to reduce bacteria by up to 99.9%, helping sleep apnea appliance users to better control their device usage and stay healthy.