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3 Hidden Stresses of Mouth Breathing (And Why You Should Care)

added on: April 6, 2021
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The team and Dr. Ashley Lee at My Rivertown Dentist in Madison wanted to fill you in on something very real, potentially hazardous to your health, and can do damage to your little one’s ability to grow up strong. We’re talking about mouth breathing, a condition that so often goes overlooked and undiagnosed.

The reason we’re bringing this up now is that April happens to be Stress Awareness Month, and the connection between mouth breathing and the unhealthy toll it can have on your body is vital. 

So join your friends from My Rivertown Dentist as we uncover some of the biggest stresses mouth breathing can have on your life (and you might not even know it). 

Hidden Fact #1 – The symptoms are right under your nose.

While mouth breathing isn’t solely limited to sleep and snoring, it’s commonly a part of the problem. Do you think you’re breathing through your nose or your mouth while sleeping? Check out a few of the signs that your mouth breathing or snoring the night away:

  • Bad breath or halitosis
  • Dry mouth and lips
  • Loud snoring
  • Crowded teeth

Do you also find yourself more easily affected by sinus infections, colds, or ear problems than other folks in your life? Mouth breathing could be to blame.

Hidden Fact #2 – Gum disease and tooth decay prey on mouth breathers.

Breathing through your mouth means there’s less saliva there because it’s difficult for your body to keep up. Normally, the air we breathe goes through our nose, where there’s added moisture to help prevent dryness. Dry mouth and less saliva production can put you at a greater risk for gum disease. There’s also an increase in your mouth’s acidity levels, causing dry teeth that are more susceptible to the threat of tooth decay.

Hidden Fact #3 – Mouth breathing is common and potentially dangerous for kids.

In a 2016 study published in the Brazilian Journal of Otorhinolaryngology, researchers found that out of the 236 kids ages 8 to 10 studied, 53 percent of them were mouth breathers. What’s even more interesting are physical similarities or “symptoms” the mouth breathers all shared, including:

  • Circles under the eyes (97.5 percent)
  • Anterior open bite (60 percent)
  • Incomplete lip closure (58.8 percent)
  • Fallen eyes (40 percent)
  • High palate (38.8 percent)
  • Hypotonic lips (3.8 percent)

Do any of these sound familiar to you and your little one?

If you or your child is a suspected mouth breather, your dentist in Madison wants to talk to you. Under the expert guidance of Dr. Lee and her partnership with Vivos Therapeutics, we can provide you with a comprehensive examination and consultation designed to detect any issues with a child’s airway, such as airway development or even swallowing patterns that could be linked to mouth breathing. 

Based on this and expert research and findings from The Institute for Craniofacial Medicine, we can see beyond routine smile care for your child and possibly change their lives for the better using select oral appliances.

Did we uncover a truth that has you wanting to learn more or start the conversation with Dr. Ashley Lee at My Rivertown Dentist in Madison? Schedule a consultation to get started today!