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Could it be bad if you can only breathe through your mouth?

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Dr. Jonathan Engel
Dentistry 39 years experience
Yes: When you breathe through your mouth you also dry the tissue. This means the saliva, a natural ( and maybe most important) protecting agent for your mouth against cavities and gum disease is removed.
Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management 36 years experience
Mouth breathing: Chronic mouth breathing can not only affect your quality of life, but also cause major health problems. It can lead to poor sleep, gum disease, snoring and compromise the immune system. It is a common condition, but often overlooked and ignored.

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Last updated Aug 6, 2015

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