July 16, 2022 2 min read 0 Comments
Mouth breathing is the act of breathing through your mouth instead of your nose, usually due to nasal blockage.
Mouth breathing can cause bad breath because it leads to dry mouth and accumulation of bacteria (you can more about dry mouth and bad breath here). Mouth breathing also causes increased congestion in the throat, which can lead to a dry mouth and other oral health problems.
Breathing through your nose can help filter out dust and allergens, boost your oxygen uptake, and humidify the air you breathe in. Mouth breathing, on the other hand, can dry out your mouth. This may increase your risk of bad breath and other health conditions.
Mouth breathing is a common problem that affects millions of people. It is often caused by enlarged adenoids, enlarged tonsils, nasal congestion or respiratory problems such as asthma, nasal allergies, nasal polyps, colds or chronic sinusitis.
If you are a mouth breather you may experience snoring and sleep disorders (ie sleep apnea), hoarseness, feeling tired during the day, changes in the structure of one's faces and dental problem such as malocclusion, dry mouth, bad breath, gum disease or tooth decay.
While mouth breathing is a common problem and can be experienced temporarily during allergy or cold season, if it's become a norm you should talk to your healthcare provider about potential treatments.
If mouth breathing is related to sleeping issues, your doctor may ask you to lose excess weight, and reduce or avoid drinking alcohol, or CPAP therapy for more serious cases.
Common surgeries that may be recommended to enable people to breathe through their nose are adenoidectomy, tonsillectomy, septoplasty.
If your mouth breathing is due to cold or allergies, you can also take medications to treat colds, congestions, sinus infections and allergies to help reduce nasal blockage.