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The Right Breath For Better Health

The Right Breath For Better Health
by Dr. Stephen J. Parr D.D.S. and Dr. Rita Dargham D.M.D.

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Breathing is as natural as the air we breathe. Under normal conditions, this healthy body process of oxygenating is automatic even to the depth and rate in which we do so. Now if we said there was an unhealthy way to breathe, would it take you by surprise? It just might.

So today we would like to enlighten you on why breathing through your mouth rather than your nose can lead to a multitude of health and hygiene problems and why it is important to establish healthy breathing habits even break bad habits that may have developed early in life.

The Short-Term Downside to Mouth-Breathing

Mouth-breathing can cause all kinds of short-term issues, many of which are connected to poor sleep quality due to getting insufficient oxygen by breathing through the mouth. If you find that you are exhibiting the following symptoms, investigate further as it may be due to mouth-breathing.

1. Impaired Speech: when your mouth is always open, certain sounds become harder to say.

2. Halitosis (chronic bad breath): an open mouth tends to be a dry mouth, which means there isn’t enough saliva to clean out the germs.

3. Tooth Decay: other serious byproducts of dry mouth are tooth decay and cavities.

4. Irritability, Lethargy, and Inattention: less oxygen means worse sleep, which makes it much harder to focus and have quick, concise thoughts; not to mention the impact on your happy demeanor.

Long Term Dental and Health Consequences

While the above issues are bad enough, the problems that come from mouth-breathing don’t stop there. If left uncorrected, mouth-breathing may cause the following:

Teeth Shifting: whether our teeth were made beautifully straight by orthodontic or Invisalign treatments, there is a higher chance of the teeth moving back to their pre-braces position.

Altered Facial Structure: the bones in the face can develop or change due to the mouth-breathing, resulting in flatter features, droopy eyes, a narrow jaw, and a smaller chin.

Sleep Apnea: a severe sleep disorder that occurs when a person’s breathing is interrupted during sleep. People with untreated sleep apnea will repeatedly stop breathing during their sleep, sometimes hundreds of times. This stop in breathing means the brain — and the rest of the body — may not get enough oxygen.

TMJ: a type of temporomandibular disorder or TMD that can cause pain in your jaw joint and in the muscles that control jaw movement.

What Causes The Habit of Mouth-Breathing?

The habit of mouth-breathing can be caused by many different scenarios. For some, it is merely a habit, in which we need to make a conscious effort to breathe through our nose to correct. For others who may suffer from a misaligned bite that makes it difficult to keep the mouth closed, allergies that block the nose, or large tonsils that obstruct the airway the solution to stop mouth breathing is a little more complicated.

Breaking The Open Mouth Cycle

If you have a mouth-breathing habit, it often isn’t as simple to break as telling you to stop. When mouth-breathing is caused by one of the more challenging problems listed above, they will need treatment before nose-breathing can become natural (and in some cases, possible).

Ready To Learn More?

If you would like to learn more, schedule an appointment with us at Grove Smiles Dentistry of Coconut Grove, FL. Our team led by Dr. Stephen J. Parr has over thirty years experience in helping the Coconut Grove community restore and revitalize their smiles and oral health.

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For Your Health,

Dr. Stephen J. Parr D.D.S. and Dr. Rita Dargham D.M.D.

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Dr. Stephen J. Parr D.D.S., P.A.
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