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Is it normal to sleep with your mouth open

The short answer to this question is no, it's not acceptable to sleep with your mouth open. Unfortunately, sleeping with your mouth open is actually bad for your health. We apologize for the bad news. According to The Breathe Institute, it hinders the body from naturally absorbing oxygen for the brain and muscles, which can cause a variety of problems.

Causes of Mouth Breathing

When a person's nasal route is blocked, mouth breathing happens. When this occurs, the body's natural reaction is to take in oxygen through the mouth, the body's second conduit. This could occur as a result of:

  1. blocked nasal passages brought on by a cold or allergies.
  2. defective cartilage divider or a deviated septum in the nose.
  3. nasal tissue inflammation.
  4. sleeping apnea.

Effects of Mouth Breathing

This activity interferes with restorative sleep, which is crucial for your physical and mental health. As you age, mouth breathing can also lead to major health problems, such as:

  1. Breathing Disorders During Sleep
  2. a bad bite alignment
  3. respiratory and oral infections
  4. Mouth Dry (i.e., bad breath)
  5. Asthma
  6. Allergies
  7. Snoring Apnea
  8. Crowding or misalignment of teeth
  9. Dental decay
  10. Gum Illness
  11. Gummy Laughs (smiles that highlight too much of the gum line)
  12. reduced immune response

Your teeth, sleep, and general health may all be affected by these consequences! We don't want you to experience that. 

Mouth breathing as opposed to nose breathing

In addition to giving your body the oxygen it needs to survive, correct breathing (i.e., nasal breathing) permits the escape of waste and carbon dioxide.

Nitric oxide, which is created by breathing through the nose, enhances the lungs' capacity to take in oxygen and their capacity to transport it throughout the body. While allowing blood arteries to widen, it relaxes vascular smooth muscle cells. Your immune system benefits from this process in its ability to prevent infections.

Additional benefits of nasal breathing include:

  1. Small airborne particles are retained by the nose, which serves as a filter.
  2. The air stream is made more difficult by nose breathing, increasing the amount of oxygen taken in.
  3. In order to keep the bronchial tubes and lungs from drying out, noses add moisture to the air.
  4. Before it reaches the lungs, chilly air is brought to body temperature through the nose.
  5. Regenerative sleep is brought on by nose breathing.

According to The Breathe Institute, mouth breathing is bad breathing because it has no benefits for delivering nitric oxide, warming the air, or humidifying it. The body actually uses mouth breathing as a survival mechanism when inhaling through the nose is not possible.

How to Prevent Mouth Breathing While You Sleep

Due to some behavioral tendencies we develop as youngsters, mouth breathing can become more pronounced as we age (e.g., bottle feeding, early diet of soft foods, etc.) Our muscle tone and orofacial development are affected by these practices. It's critical to identify your child's mouth breathing as soon as possible.

For healthy nasal breathing, Dakota Dental can work with you to restore the ideal jaw proportions and tongue position. There are particular steps adult mouth breathers can take to prevent this activity from disrupting their sleep patterns and resulting in major health problems in the future, such as:

  1. Elevate your head while sleeping on your back.
  2. Keep your house spotless and allergen-free.
  3. Attempt allergy medication if your doctor advises it.
  4. In your HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) systems, use air filters.

While awake, practice breathing via your nose. (Meditation is a useful technique for practicing this new ability!)

The best course of action is to speak with a specialist in airway-focused dentistry and myofunctional therapy because these prophylactic measures are not a guarantee. The suitable mouth breathing therapy can correct bad muscle and tongue habits as well as airway size and tone.


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