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Mouth Breathing

Mouth breathing and your oral health | Dentist Arana Hills

Breathing well means limiting mouth breathing.

What is breathing well?

Breathing Well means breathing through the nose (not Mouth Breathing) and taking no more than 8-10 breaths per minute.

Breathing through the nose filters and disinfects the air entering our sensitive lung passages.

It gives the tongue an opportunity to rest against the roof of the mouth, and for the lips to be sealed at rest. Taking no more than 8-10 breaths per minute helps to maintain the correct balance of O2 and CO2 in the blood.

Breathing Well is the foundation of good Dental and General Health. Most people think of oxygen (O2) as the key to life, and the Carbon Dioxide (CO2) a toxic waste product that must be eliminated from the body.

However, not many people know that in order for the body to use the O2 available, there must also be enough CO2 in the body!

What Happens When There Is Not Enough Co2 In Our Bodies?

Our cells don’t get enough oxygen. This causes us to get tired, lose concentration, develop cold hands and feet, get eczema and have a range of other breathing related disorders.

Our smooth muscle systems become easily irritated. This can lead to all kinds of digestive disorders, high blood pressure and in asthmatics, regular bouts of breathing problems.

We stop breathing at night. When the blood becomes too alkaline, the brain will instruct the diaphragm to stop working. This is one the major causes of Sleep Apnoea.

What Does Breathing Well Have To Do With Teeth?

It’s not just our General Health that suffers from a poor breathing pattern. When we breathe through our mouth, we are starting a domino effect, which eventually leads to crooked teeth, misaligned jaws and underdeveloped faces.

The nose is designed for breathing, and our tongue is designed to rest up against the roof of the mouth. When we constantly breathe through our mouth, the tongue drops down from its normal position.

Without the tongue constantly pushing up against the upper teeth, the upper arch is unable to grow to the full potential necessary to accommodate all the teeth. What’s worse, the lower arch gets trapped inside the stunted upper arch, and the lower teeth also become crooked!

This vicious cycle flows on to affect the entire face, with mouth breathers often having long & narrow faces, darkness under the eyes, enlarged tonsils/adenoids, which sometimes become infected.

The list goes on and on! And even though modern orthodontics can straighten teeth, the results can hardly be stable without looking at why the teeth became crooked in the first place.

Learn the right breathing techniques to develop healthier sleeping habits and prevent Sleep Apnoea with the help of your DentArana dentist.

Contact us on (07) 3351 3366 or visit us at Shop 5 Patricks Place, Corner Dawson Parade and Patricks Road in Arana Hills.

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