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Mouth Breathing (Overview)

Mouth breathing is breathing through the mouth, as opposed to breathing through your nose. Nose breathing is healthier for many reasons including (but not limited to) tooth decay, gum disease, malocclusion, sleep disorder, and overall health.


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What can be the cause of mouth breathing?

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

Mouth Breathing (Overview)

Mouth breathing is breathing through the mouth, as opposed to breathing through your nose. Nose breathing is healthier for many reasons including (but not limited to) tooth decay, gum disease, malocclusion, sleep disorder, and overall health.


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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?

Humidifier: Mouth breathing can occur mainly due to obstruction in the nasal passages which can be due to structural obstructions, inflammation as well as dry air. The simplest solution is to try a humidifier at night.

If you have any symptoms, like headache, snoring, gasping, or sinusitis, contact your ENT physician. Mouth breathing by itself is not a disorder which has to be treated. Hope this help! ...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?

Yes: Typically mouth breathing is a result of nasal obstruction. This could be from a deviated septum, enlarged or hypertrophic turbinates, concha bullosa, or nasal polyps. This should be evaluated for potency. If there are any one of these conditions they should be corrected. You should have a consult with a surgeon who can evaluate and manage these conditions. ...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?

Not usually: No one really knows exactly what "causes" a dry socket. There are basic instructions to follow that will help minimize the chances of developing a dry socket but some patients will develop it anyway. Mouth breathing is not a typical reason for developing it. ...Read more

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I had electric shock at my home in childhood & I am saved with mouth to mouth breathing. I am 26 y m with scar on left ring finger. What am I risk for?

I had electric shock at my home in childhood & I am saved with mouth to mouth breathing. I am 26 y m with scar on left ring finger. What am I risk for?

No risk: If one has fully recovered and has no current heart, lung, or neurological disorders, then one has no future risk related to the electrical shock as a child. ...Read more

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Is mouth breathing dangerous?

Is mouth breathing dangerous?

No, but...: Mouth breathing isn't dangerous by itself, but it is abnormal and usually reflects a problem somewhere else in the airway. Nasal breathing is normal, and if you can't breathe through your nose then something's wrong, perhaps a deviated nasal septum or enlarged turbinates, obstructing the nasal passages. Sleep apnea is also a concern. ...Read more

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How do you stop mouth breathing?

How do you stop mouth breathing?

Many options: Mouth breathing treatment options are numerous. Depending on the current clinical picture and symptoms, the effective treatment for mouth breathing includes immediate respiratory techniques and long-term breathing exercises and lifestyle changes in order to retrain the automatic breathing pattern. ...Read more

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I am worried about mouth breathing?

I am worried about mouth breathing?

Mouth breathing: Chronic mouth breathing can not only affect your quality of life, but also your life causing major health problems. Mouth breathing is caused by a number of factors, including chronic allergies, sinus trouble, or enlarged tonsils and bad habit. It is a common condition, but often overlooked and ignored. ...Read more

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How can I treat my mouth breathing?

Humidifier: Mouth breathing can occur mainly due to obstruction in the nasal passages which can be due to structural obstructions, inflammation as well as dry air. The simplest solution is to try a humidifier at night.

If you have any symptoms, like headache, snoring, gasping, or sinusitis, contact your ENT physician. Mouth breathing by itself is not a disorder which has to be treated. Hope this help! ...Read more

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Is there a way to cure mouth breathing?

Yes: Typically mouth breathing is a result of nasal obstruction. This could be from a deviated septum, enlarged or hypertrophic turbinates, concha bullosa, or nasal polyps. This should be evaluated for potency. If there are any one of these conditions they should be corrected. You should have a consult with a surgeon who can evaluate and manage these conditions. ...Read more

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Why is mouth-breathing considered "bad"?

Why is mouth-breathing considered "bad"?

See below: It's not necessarily bad, but it can be a sign of obstructed airways in the nose, obstructing tonsils or adenoids or other serious health issues. It can also lead to dry mouth, gum disease and decay. If you have issues with snoring or stopping breathing while sleeping, you may have sleep apnea that could be due to obstruction and mouth breathing would be one sign. ...Read more

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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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Can there be problems with mouth breathing?

Can there be problems with mouth breathing?

Mouth breathing: Chronic mouth breathing can not only affect your quality of life, but also your life causing major health problems. Mouth breathing is caused by a number of factors, including chronic allergies, sinus trouble, or enlarged tonsils and bad habit. It is a common condition, but often overlooked and ignored. ...Read more

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Is mouth breathing hazardous to your health?

Is mouth breathing hazardous to your health?

Yes: No protection from organisms and dust is offered by the nasal passage and the pharyngeal regions. Sinuses also help in ventilation process as well as adjusting the temp of the breathed 'hot' or 'cold' air.. ...Read more

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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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Can there be problems linked to mouth breathing?

Can there be problems linked to mouth breathing?

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. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how to stop mouth breathing at night?

Can you tell me how to stop mouth breathing at night?

ENT evaluation: You may have blockage of nasal breathing. See an ENT doc to assess. You may need surgical modification of your nasal passages. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Mouth breathing?

What is the definition or description of: Mouth breathing?

Like you said.: Mouth breathing is breathing through the mouth, as opposed to breathing through your nose. Nose breathing is healthier for many reasons including (but not limited to) tooth decay, gum disease, malocclusion, sleep disorder, and overall health. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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How can mouth breathing affect face structure?

How can mouth breathing affect face structure?

Good question!: Breathing through the mouth during growth and development affects facial structure in several ways. First of all, if you can't breathe through your nose, mouth-breathing is the result. Nasal breathing, with the mouth closed, is the norm. Mouth-breathing leads to vertical growth of the face, with downward growth and a very narrow width of the upper jaw, and development of an anterior open bite. ...Read more

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Help docs! I'm worried about mouth breathing. How bad is it?

Help docs! I'm worried about mouth breathing. How bad is it?

One-on-one evaluat'n: You would need to be personally examined in order to properly answer your question. The question is a very broad one and not easily answered over the internet. See both your dentist and physician to discuss this issue properly. What's causing the mouth breathing and what can be done to address that? ...Read more

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Could my long term mouth breathing and chest breathing cause my DCLO to be low at 69%?

Could my long term mouth breathing and chest breathing cause my DCLO to be low at 69%?

Probably connected: But connection is not cause. The respiratory problems you have are likely to be related I some ways but it's complicated. Discuss your questions and interest in strategies for help w/ your doctor. It's good to understand and be involved - I hope you find help and the future is brighter! ...Read more

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