If you breathe with your mouth open, especially when you sleep at night, you can seriously affect your dental health. That is because open-mouthed breathing causes a condition, known as xerostomia or dry mouth.
Why You Need to Learn to Breathe Differently
Open-mouthed breathing dries out the mouth so the saliva does not flow as freely. When this occurs, you will end up with problems with cavities and infection. If you don't have enough saliva to wash away the bad bacteria and remineralize your tooth enamel, you simply lack the resources to improve your oral health overall. That is why you should learn about any underlying cause that is causing you to breathe through your mouth.
Why Do People Breathe with their Mouth
People often breath through their mouth because they have sleep apnea or snore when they sleep. If you have either of these medical conditions, you need to check with your doctor about treating them. We also will work with your physician to help you get the treatment you need medically and dentally.
It is better to breathe through the nose, as the nose produces nitric oxide, a substance that enhances the lungs' ability to receive and absorb oxygen. Nitric acid also increases the body's ability to transport oxygen, and directs the airflow to the heart. It relaxes the heart muscle and permits the blood vessels to dilate. Moreover, nitric acid is antibacterial and antifungal, enabling the immune system to better fight off infections, including gum disease.
Are you a mouth-breather? Have you developed dental problems, such as cavities, dry mouth, or gingivitis, as a result? If so, we can help you make a change for the better. Give us a call today for an appointment for an exam and consultation. Find out what you need to do to make an improvement dentally and medically.