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Mouth breathing: an actual problem you can stop worrying about

Posted on 22.01.2013 by perfectsmile

Mouth breathingHowever mouth breathing is a real condition able to lead to various health problems, there is a treatment to help those suffering it

Breathing from the mouth is all well and good when exercising, running or performing any physical activities. When done excessively, however, due to allergies, nasal or sinus congestion, it may result in many problems. The air breathed through the mouth is much cooler and less filtered than that breathed through the nose, thus triggering potentially harmful reactions in the body, as well as letting in much more bacteria and external particles that can endanger personal wellbeing.

Common and unimportant as it may seem mouth breathing is a serious problem that can lead to many psychological, social and physical issues if left untreated. One of its main problems is precisely the amount of medical professionals who fail to recognise and diagnose it then they come across it. Dental health professionals, however, are usually much more likely to identify and treat it before further complications progress, because they are more familiar with its symptoms.

Difficulties associated with mouth breathing:

  • Poor sleeping habits which may lead to bad academic or professional performance, development and growth, a part from increasing the risk of suffering stress, anxiety, changes in mood, depression and other severe disorders.

  • Lower levels of oxygen in the blood that can increase the hazard of suffering hypertension, heart disease and sleep apnoea.

  • Dryness of the oral cavity which may lead to severe dental problems such as gum disease, tooth decay and mouth infections.

  • Misdiagnoses of ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) or hyperactivity, particularly in children.

  • Long Face Syndrome, an abnormality in the shape of the face and jaws which can cause gummy smiles, gingivitis and crooked teeth, making teeth straightening treatment necessary and even difficult to succeed if the mouth breathing problem isn’t properly solved when the orthodontic treatment is over

  • Social stigma associated with being less intelligent or inept, and unattractive, particularly when overbite and malocclusion lead to tooth loss and tooth replacement surgery is not performed on the patient.

Treatments The methods for treating mouth breathing vary depending on the severity of the condition and the effects caused on the patient who suffers it. Clearing sinus and nasal passageways can make a big difference for patients who experienced trouble at breathing through their nose, whereas in other cases orthodontic intervention to correct face and jaw abnormalities is needed. In some cases, surgery becomes mandatory to ensure the patient stops breathing through the mouth, therefore preventing further difficulties from developing and hazarding his general wellbeing.

In the event of suffering these symptoms, a visit to your dentist will help diagnose and treat on time any possible condition.

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