March 4, 2021
Brushing twice and flossing at least once a day is necessary to maintain excellent oral health, but have you ever thought about how your breathing affects your smile? You have the ability to breathe through both your nose and your mouth, but one can actually be harmful for your teeth. Continue reading to learn about the causes of mouth breathing, why it’s a problem, and what you can do to cut out this habit.
What Causes Mouth Breathing?
There are all sorts of reasons why you may be breathing through your mouth. Here are some of the most common:
- Common cold
- Enlarged tonsils
- Sinus polyps
- Deviated septum
- Sleep apnea
What Are the Consequences of Mouth Breathing?
Mouth breathing can cause a variety of issues for your smile. Here are just some of the ones that can occur:
- Dry mouth: The most common problem that comes along with mouth breathing is dry mouth. This increases your risk for all sorts of different problems, including tooth decay, periodontal disease, and halitosis.
- Low oxygen concentration in the blood: This is associated with high blood pressure and heart failure.
- Low energy: When you aren’t getting enough oxygen into your blood, you could experience poor sleep quality and lower overall energy levels. This mean that your work productivity could suffer. Children with this problem have a harder time focusing when they’re at school.
- Sleep apnea: The risk for sleep apnea goes up with mouth breathing.
How Can You Tell If Your Breath Through Your Mouth?
You may not even realize how often you are breathing through your mouth. Here are some signs that may give it away:
- Dry mouth
- Bad breath
- Tiredness and irritability
- Chronic fatigue
- Brain fog
- Dark circles beneath the eyes
What Can You Do About Mouth Breathing?
If you are constantly mouth breathing, this is something that you should bring up with your dentist during your next regular checkup. You may have an underlying issue that needs to be addressed. Together, you can get to the bottom of it and come up with a plan to keep it from happening in the future.
Mouth breathing is harmful, so it is important that you are looking out for signs so that you can work towards a solution. This way, you won’t need to deal with the negative consequences. Talk to your doctor about your concerns. This way, you can prioritize your dental and overall health.
About the Author
Dr. C.J. Landry is an experienced dentist who has been working in the field for over three decades. He has completed thousands of hours of continuing education in a variety of topics, including endodontics, orthodontics, prosthodontics, and dental implant surgery and restoration. If you find that you are mouth breathing, he would be happy to help. For more information or to schedule an appointment at his office in Marrero, visit his website or call (504) 348-0080.
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