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A 31-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me, are there problems linked to mouth breathing?

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Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 54 years experience
Mouth Breathing: As a dentist i can tell you that people who are mouth breathers generally have red puffy swollen gums especially in the upper and lower front area of your mouth. If it is related to allergies or nasal congestion, discuss this with your primary care physician, ENT or allergist. Some people rub petroleum jelly on their gums before they go to sleep.
Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management 36 years experience
Chronic mouth breath: Chronic mouth breathing can not only affect your quality of life, but also your life causing major health problems. It can lead to poor sleep, gum disease, snoring and compromise immune system. It is a common condition, but often overlooked and ignored.

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A 46-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me, are there problems with mouth breathing?

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Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 54 years experience
Mouth breathing: Among other things, mouth breathing usually results in dryness of the mouth and especially in the front upper and lower gums where they become red, puffy, inflamed and may even bleed. See your general dentist or a periodontist for a periodontal evaluation and some suggestions of how to cope with this depending upon the condition of your gums. A dry mouth also increases the chances of dental decay.
A 44-year-old member asked:

Can there be problems linked to mouth breathing?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 54 years experience
Mouth breathing: Will promote a greater chance of dental caries (decay) and periodontal disease. Speak to your physician regarding causes (habitual, anatomic, obstructive). See your dentist more often for exams and advice.
A 47-year-old member asked:

Can there be problems with mouth breathing?

3 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 54 years experience
Mouth breathing: From a dental standpoint, your gums are more likely to get red and inflamed and you are more prone to cavities and gum problems. Determine the cause and find out if anything can be done. Brush and floss and avoid foods that promote tooth decay. Hydrate.

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