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Mouth Breathing (Overview)

Mouth breathing is a clinical finding where a person inhales and exhales through his mouth, either due to obstruction in your nasal airway or out of habit.


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What can be the cause of mouth breathing?

Many possibilities: Some common causes of mouth breathing are: allergies, enlarged tonsils and adenoids, blockage of the sinuses or nose from polyps, a deviated septum, congestion from an infection and sleep apnea. There are certainly other possibilities that can only be determined by a proper examination. ...Read more

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Mouth Breathing (Overview)

Mouth breathing is a clinical finding where a person inhales and exhales through his mouth, either due to obstruction in your nasal airway or out of habit.


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Tired, feet swollen, iron taste in my mouth, breathing problems, what can this mean (i can't have baby at all)?

Tired, feet swollen, iron taste in my mouth, breathing problems, what can this mean (i can't have baby at all)?

No simple answer: You list a wide range of symptoms that may or may not be related. You need a comprehensive physical exam and blood and urine testing and probably a chest x ray. You should seek out a primary care practitioner near you. ...Read more

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How to treat mouth breathing in adults ?

How to treat mouth breathing in adults ?

Mouth Breathing: Can be due to many causes actually, such as a skeletal malocclusion or vertical excess with lip incompetence, macroglossia, nasopharyngeal obstructions (polyps, turbinates, deviated septum), seasonal or domestic allergies with congestion to name a few. Mouth breathing is a symptom of another underlying issue usually so focus should be on identifying and treating that issue and it will be reduced. ...Read more

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How can I treat my mouth breathing?

How can I treat my mouth breathing?

Nasal obstruction: This is usually related to nasal obstruction: deviated septum, hypertrophied turbinates, nasal polyps. Allergic rhinitis is also very common cause. Consult with a surgeon in your area who specializes in this area. ...Read more

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What are any harmful effects of mouth breathing?

What are any harmful effects of mouth breathing?

Several effects: Mouth breathing can produce significant dryness of the mouth. Some of the manifesrations of an extremely dry mouth may include increased risk of decay, altered taste and increased risk of irritation of the mucosal tissues. ...Read more

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Is there an alternative treatment of mouth breathing?

Is there an alternative treatment of mouth breathing?

Yes: Yes, most mouthbreathers cannot breath through the nose. Reasons can be enlarged tonsils/adenoids, deviated septum, nasal allergy. See ENT doc for diagnosis/treatment. ...Read more

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Is there a way to cure mouth breathing?

Is there a way to cure mouth breathing?

Structural: Yes. It is usually structural. It may be due to soft tissue swelling in the nose (allergy). Intranasal steroid sprays may help. It may be due to nasal problems like deviated septum or enlarge turbinates. Occasionally due to growths in the back of the nose .Best way to find out is to see an ENT doc. ...Read more

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Can someone tell me how people get rid of gingivitis caused by mouth breathing?

Can someone tell me how people get rid of gingivitis caused by mouth breathing?

Hygiene Appts: Mouth breathing gingivitis is most often caused by "dry mouth syndrome" which causes the gingival tissues to become irritated and inflamed due to saliva not being present to neutralize an acidic environment in the mouth. A great solution is to use biotine which is a newer mouth rinse to help stimulate proper saliva flow. Most of my patients also have their teeth cleaned more regularly (every 3 mos. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how could i avoid breathing through mouth while sleeping?

Can you tell me how could i avoid breathing through mouth while sleeping?

See below: A deviated septum, allergic rhinitis, sleep apnea, among other conditions may cause you to prefer to mouth breathe. It is recommended that you consult an ENT and/or a sleep medicine specialist, so they can properly evaluate you. Based on what the underlying cause is, a treatment plan can be made. Hope that helps! ...Read more

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Is it possible to get dry sockets through mouth breathing?

Is it possible to get dry sockets through mouth breathing?

No: Dry socket occurs generally from food and debris getting lodged in the socket and the formation of an acid that causes the pain. ...Read more

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Mouth (Definition)

Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...Read more


Breathing (Definition)

Breathing is the way we take in oxygen and expel carbon dioxide (co2) through out lungs. When our lungs expand we take fresh air in that contains oxygen and then when our lungs ...Read more


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