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Can open mouth breathing cause facial pain problems?

Can open mouth breathing cause facial pain problems?

Yes: Any "unnatural" position, including leaving the mouth open for too long or too wide can lead to tmd and facial pain. I would see a dentist or ENT if it continues. ...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


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My 4 year old is very congested.. He is breathing with his mouth open. What can I give him to help clear it up?

My 4 year old is very congested.. He is breathing with his mouth open. What can I give him to help clear it up?

Rhinitis regime: Use a bulb syringe to remove mucus. Use salt water nose drops frequently yo clear his nasal passages .Use a cool mist vaporizer. Give him a half teaspoon of one of the various over the counter antihistamines twice a day. ...Read more

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My 30 months little boy has a caught only at night and is breathing with his mouth open how can we get rid of his caught and is puting vix everyday ok?

My 30 months little boy has a caught only at night and is breathing with his mouth open how can we get rid of his caught and is puting vix everyday ok?

Accompanying stuffy: /runny nose, fever - rectal temp 100.4 or above, wheezes, labored / rapid breathing, poor food/fluid intake = a set of symptoms that need evaluation. A night cough for > 2 wks. may signal mild asthma, for which he'd need bronchodilators. Don't give OTC cough/cold medicines till age 6. Vicks is useless & some kids eat it. Use saline nose drops, a vaporizer.& lots of Pedialyte/ clear liquids. ...Read more

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My 10 yo daughter drools when she sleeps. She says that she sleeps with her mouth open but doesn't have problems breathing thru nose upright.

My 10 yo daughter drools when she sleeps. She says that she sleeps with her mouth open but doesn't have problems breathing thru nose upright.

Snoring: you need to observe if while your child is sleeping does she have loud breathing or snoring, if she does she needs to be seen by ENT if not and she just sleeps with her mouth open not to worry ...Read more

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can you have a slightly audible wheeze only when breathing with mouth open but three doctors cannot hear it with stethoscope?inhaler doesn't affect i

can you have a slightly audible wheeze only when breathing with mouth open but three doctors cannot hear it with stethoscope?inhaler doesn't affect i

Question for you...: Can you hear the wheeze at the same time that the doctors cannot hear it with their stethoscopes? A wheeze can be intermittent so it is possible it is not there when the doctors are listening. If that is the case, then you wouldn't be hearing it at that time either. But, if you can hear it while the docs are listening but they cannot, then that is a different problem. Let me know the answer, ok? ...Read more

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Breathing feels constricted when I'm completely upright but opens up when I tilt my head down. Could this be related to GERD? Anything else?

Breathing feels constricted when I'm completely upright but opens up when I tilt my head down. Could this be related to GERD? Anything else?

It could be GERD...: it may be, Also possibly an inflammation or even enlargement of the tonsils could be doing it, as if you move the neck a certain way, the tonsils could shift for example and allow more air flow to pass. Al just guesses. Get and evaluation to see why you are having breathing issues. Good luck. ...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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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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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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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?

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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What can I do to stop myself from breathing through my mouth at night?

What can I do to stop myself from breathing through my mouth at night?

See below: 1.If nasal congesion that needs to be treated. 2.If you have sleep apnea symptoms then needs to be evaluated. 3.Alteranate nostril breathing ( anulom-villome) - yoga breathing excercise may help. 4. Neti pot or sinus rinse 5. Avoid cold/ice water drinks consider room temperature liquids, as it tendens to increase nasal congesion/mucus. 6. See doc if still problem. ...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?

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 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 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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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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Mouth breathing harmful on gums?

Mouth breathing harmful on gums?

YEA: Over time it causes dryness and potential changes in normal bacterial mouth flora. ...Read more

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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