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Mouth breathing

Effects of Mouth Breathing: – Chronic mouth breathing impacts health – Classified into obstructive, habitual, and anatomic types – Increases risk of dental issues like […]

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Effects of Mouth Breathing:
– Chronic mouth breathing impacts health
– Classified into obstructive, habitual, and anatomic types
– Increases risk of dental issues like gingivitis, gum disease, and cavities
– Affects dental and facial growth, potentially leading to long face syndrome
– May predispose individuals to nasal obstruction due to facial structure
– Has negative impacts on oxygen intake efficiency and can contribute to bad breath

Benefits of Nose Breathing:
– Humans are designed to breathe through noses
– Nasal breathing produces nitric oxide, which mouth breathing does not
– Filters air for cleaner breathing
– Helps regulate blood pressure and enhances lung volume
– Improves oxygen uptake and boosts overall respiratory function

Health Implications of Nasal Breathing:
– Supports immune system function
– Aids in relaxation and stress reduction
– Enhances sense of smell
– Promotes better sleep quality
– Helps prevent respiratory infections

Impact of Mouth Breathing on Performance:
– Impairs athletic performance and reduces physical endurance
– Hinders cognitive function and affects overall energy levels
– Slows down recovery after exercise

Dental and Orthodontic Concerns Related to Mouth Breathing:
– Alters facial structure and causes malocclusion
– Contributes to gum disease, increases the risk of cavities, and impacts overall oral health
– Mouth taping and other approaches can help prevent mouth breathing, as observed in different practices like yoga and Native American traditions
– In non-human animals like lambs, mouth breathing occurs when nasal passages are obstructed

Mouth breathing (Wikipedia)

Mouth breathing, medically known as chronic oral ventilation, is long-term breathing through the mouth. It often is caused by an obstruction to breathing through the nose, the innate breathing organ in the human body. However, by the early 20th century, the term "mouth-breather" had developed a pejorative slang meaning connoting a stupid person.

Mouth breathing
Other namesChronic oral ventilation
SymptomsSnoring, dry mouth, hoarse voice, bad breath, fatigue, sleep apnea
CausesChronic nasal congestion
TreatmentTreatment of the underlying cause of nasal congestion if present, building a habit to breathe through the nose
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