Teeth and Breathing

Dental Greystanes – Breathing

Breathing and sleeping are vital for our health. The condition of our teeth can affect breathing and sleeping. And it is also possible for poor breathing and sleeping to badly effect our teeth.

Ideally, we need to breathe through our nose. While it is possible to breathe through our mouth it is not recommended. Mouth breathing deprives us of nitric oxide. This leaves us feeling tired with compromised memory and cloudy thinking. It also leaves us with a dry mouth, leading to increased tooth decay and gum disease.

Research has shown that children who always breath through their mouth end up with poorly formed jaws and misaligned teeth. This damage is permanent, though it can be mostly rectified with orthodontic work. These children would be better off if they did not breath though their mouth, as they would suffer fewer issues latter on.

Sometimes correct breathing is difficult because the child has obstructed airways, or a poorly form jaw, or dental problems that interfere with breathing. This should be rectified as soon as possible lest the problems grow worse.

Dental Greystanes – Sleep

Our sleep will be badly compromised if we cannot breathe properly. This poor sleep will lead to constant daytime tiredness, poor cognitive functions, and poor dental health.

We may not be aware of breathing problems while we sleep. But if we suffer constant tiredness, or a dry mouth in the morning, or if a partner reports that we are snoring, then we almost certainly have a breathing problem.

A dry mouth, caused by mouth breathing, leads to an increase in bad bacteria. This means a much greater risk of tooth decay and gum infections. In children it also leads to a poorly formed, misaligned jaw. Mouth breathing needs to be corrected.

A dentist can make a custom mouthguard to correct breathing problems. This mouthguard will hold the jaw in the correct position for easier breathing. It will keep the airways open. Patients who use this custom mouthguard will soon find they feel better, less tired during the day, and they will suffer fewer dental problems. It may take a few days to get used to the mouthguard, but the positive results are worth the effort.

In some cases, dental work can fix problems with teeth that lead to poor breathing.

In extreme cases, like sleep Apnea, the individual may need a CPAP machine to help correct breathing at night. This type of problem needs to be dealt with promptly as sleep Apnea can lead to suffocation and death.

Dental Greystanes

Breathing and sleep can be compromised by dental issues. Dentist can create mouthguards for easier breathing, or fix dental issues that cause breathing issues.


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