Do you struggle with breathing through your nose? Is your mouth dry when you wake up? Do you have chapped Dried lips? We can Help!
Breathing provides your body with the oxygen it needs to survive. It also allows you to release carbon dioxide and waste.
Even so, breathing through the mouth all the time, including when you’re sleeping, can lead to problems.
In children, mouth breathing can cause crooked teeth, facial deformities, or poor growth. In adults, chronic mouth breathing can cause bad breath and gum disease. It can also worsen symptoms of other illnesses.
You may not realize that you’re breathing through your mouth instead of your nose, especially during sleep. Here are some of the symptoms related to mouth breathing:
For parents, it’s important to look for signs of mouth breathing in their children.
A child may not be able to communicate their symptoms. Like adults, children who are mouth breathers will breathe with their mouth open and will snore at night. Children who breathe through their mouths for most of the day may also have the following symptoms:
Children who exhibit problems concentrating at school are often misdiagnosed with attention deficit disorder (ADD) or hyperactivity.
The underlying cause of most cases of mouth breathing is an obstructed (completely blocked or partially blocked) nasal airway.
In other words, there’s something preventing the smooth passage of air into the nose. If your nose is blocked, the body automatically resorts to the only other source that can provide oxygen — your mouth.
There are many causes of a blocked nose. These include:
Some people develop a habit of breathing through their mouth instead of their nose even after the nasal obstruction clears. For some people with sleep apnea, it may become a habit to sleep with their mouth open to accommodate their need for oxygen.
Stress and anxiety can also cause a person to breathe through their mouth instead of their nose. Stress activates the sympathetic nervous system leading to shallow, rapid, and abnormal breathing.
Here at Dynamic Dental Wellness during our comprehensive visit we will diagnose mouth breathing if you have bad breath, frequent cavities, inflamed oropharyngeal tissue, or gum disease.
In children, mouth breathing can lead to physical abnormalities and cognitive challenges. Children who aren’t treated for mouth breathing can develop:
Additionally, children who breathe through their mouths often don’t sleep well at night. Poor sleep can lead to: