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Treatment Of Mouth Breathing
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
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
Will removing enlarged tonsils help 2 cure mouth breathing? Adenoids have been removed, but the child still can't breathe or eat with their mouth closed
Probably not: Tonsils definitely play into breathing issues (e g sleep apnea), but they should not cause nasal blockage. Depending on when adenoids were removed, they may have regrown (occurs much more commonly than tonsil regrowth). This can be evaluated by x-ray. Otherwise, an ENT may treat and evaluate for allergy / sinus issues (e g trial of steroid nasal spray) or do surgery to shrink the nasal turbinates. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
ENT/Orthodontist: Need to see 2 specialists. Need to see ENT to check airway, tonsils, adenoids, etc. Need to see orthodontist to determine if you need palatal expansion which will also widen nasal passages. If mouth breathing corrected and gum problems persist, may also need to see periodontist. ...Read more
Mouth-breathing: Mouth-breathing is commonly caused by nasal obstruction. It could be swelling of the nasal membranes due to allergies or infection, or enlargement of the turbinates, small bones inside the nose, or even a deviated nasal septum. If it's a chronic problem and you want to have it evaluated, see an ENT (otolaryngologist) and a ct will probably be necessary. ...Read more
Is there a substantial advantage to nasal breathing and not mouth breathing during moderate/high intensity exercise? Or its better but not huge?
Breathing: While there have been some studies comparing nasal and oral breathing during exercise, most have used small sample sizes with somewhat inconclusive results. As such, breathing in a way that ensures your body is getting plenty of oxygen should be your goal - don't worry too much about the route. ...Read more
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
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
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
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: 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
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
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
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 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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Correct nasal obstru: First you need to find out why you breath to your mouth. Usually mean some kind of nasal obstruction due to many causes, aomong then allergy, nasal polyps, deviated septum. When you correct the nasal obstruction you will breath normally throught your nose. ...Read more
No: Correction of mouth breathing in a growing child will often improve the development of jaw and teeth and will make orthodontic results more stable. If you are considering orthodontic treatment at your age, and you still breathe through your mouth or swallow with what is called a tongue thrust, you would want to correct that so that orthodontic results don't relapse back. ...Read more
What is causing this horrible cough? It is a dry, heaving hard cough, along with chest painLaying down & mouth breathing seems to cause it to worsen.
Shortness of breath: Dry cough and shortness of breath at your age group can be a sign of asthma as it is usually diagnosed in the 20's and 30's year old. Difficulty breathing and chest pain can also be due to heart diseases. I would recommend you see a local physician soon. If shortness of breath is severe, please go to the nearest ER. ...Read more