Believe it or not, the nose was made for breathing. Breathing through your nose does many things for your body. It warms and moistens air so it does not irritate sensitive airways and the nose reabsorbs moisture from the air leaving the nose reducing dehydration. Air breathed through the nose is also filtered from allergens and microbes.
However, what most people do not know is that nasal breathing promotes good oral health and encourages proper teeth placement.
Nasal breathing protects saliva production. Saliva production is an essential mechanism for maintaining dental health. The liquid is composed of a mix featuring 98 percent water electrolytes, mucus, antibacterial agents and enzymes. Saliva is the body’s natural defense for washing away trace elements of sugars and foods deposited on teeth during eating. If those items are not whisked away, oral bacteria will work on breaking down the compounds, and will create dental plaque and acid byproducts as a result of their handwork.
When you breath through your mouth, saliva production will come to a complete halt. This causes dry mouth and halitosis. Dry mouth, the most common condition associated with mouth breathing, will allow oral bacteria to flourish. As a result, individuals who primarily rely on mouth breathing can experience higher levels of tooth decay, gum disease and bad breath.
If you want to know your options on how to stop mouth breathing, contact Oasis Dental (905-876-2747) and book your free consultation.