The problem of mouth breathing
Some authors classify the problem of breathing through the mouth as the plague of the 21st century, since it currently affects 45% of adults. And we are hardly aware of how bad it is for our general health and for our mouth.
For the proper functioning of our entire body, it is very convenient that we breathe regularly through the nose, slowly, rhythmically and on both sides at the same time. Mouth breathing has been accentuated especially as a result of the continued use of masks.
The oxygen saturation in the blood drops from 96 to 92%, the brain is less oxygenated, the negative pressure in our mouth is reduced and in produces several negative effects on our health.
Athletes who breathe through their mouths are known to injure themselves much more often.
Oral breathers that are infected by the COVID-19 virus are 9 times more likely to be intubated and 4 times more likely to die.
The oral breathing child consumes, on average, twice as many antibiotics, suffers more otitis and positions the tongue in the lower part of the mouth. That's why the palate does not develop well and it grows narrower, the molars end up fitting in a crossed position and the profile of the face becomes ugly as the child grows.
Often, people who regularly chew on only one side of their mouth have a more closed nostril on that side, which conditions them to breathe through the mouth. Those who have problems breathing through the left nostril have been found to have more heart attacks. Chewing should also be slow, deep, rhythmic and on both sides at the same time. The way the teeth fit together greatly influences this ability.
Whoever breathes badly, ends up chewing badly. And whoever chews badly ends up breathing badly. That is why it is important to take both aspects into account.
People suffer from scoliosis usually diverted to the chewing side.
The oral breather will more easily suffer from inflamed gums, dry mouth, night snoring, gingivitis and pharyngitis, bruxism problems, reflux, cervical contractures, headaches, migraines, dizziness, depression, allergies and canker sores. It will also affect libido, memory, and irritability.
Oral breathing reduces the negative pressure in the mouth, so that the gums can retract and the papillae can tend to disappear, leaving unsightly black triangles between the teeth, which in turn favors the passage of air, reducing the negative pressure even more, and favoring that the problem worsens over time.
Today we can analyze and correct this problem in a simple way, with which we can recover a good part of the appearance and health of the gums by modifying breathing, without carrying out any surgery, while improving the general health of the patient.
If you want us to assess the state of your breathing, your gums and the way your teeth fit, do not hesitate to contact us.