Are You a Mouth-Breather? Here's What You Should Know
Do you snore?
Do you suffer from severe bad-breath?
Does your voice get hoarse easily?
Do you often wake up with a dry mouth?
You’re probably a mouth-breather.
Now, we’re not here to discriminate against mouth-breathers. A lot of you can’t help it. According to Healthline, several conditions can lead to mouth-breathing, such as allergies, a deviated septum, even having a certain jaw shape can cause someone to breathe through their mouth rather than the nose.
So, while you may not be able to control how you breathe, you do need to be informed of the health risks many mouth-breathers are susceptible to...
Breathing through the nose is typically healthier; as Healthline points out, the nose can filter out pollen in the air and other small particles that you don’t want in your lungs or bloodstream. Breathing through your nose can also help increase lung function.
On the other hand, breathing through your mouth can interrupt your sleep, which messes with your overall health, attention span and stress levels. In children, mouth breathing can even cause skeletal and dental problems!
One of the most common health concerns associated with mouth-breathing is Dry Mouth. While Dry Mouth may not sound so bad, chronic Dry Mouth can lead to a number of health concerns, including:
- gum disease
- tooth decay
- throat infections
- ear infections
When you breathe through your mouth, your mouth dries out and doesn’t produce a sufficient amount of saliva. Saliva is crucial in order to sweep away bad bacteria that can lead to tooth decay, gum disease, thrush and more. If your mouth is dry, bacteria settles in and bad things happen.
For some of you, your mouth-breathing is short term or seasonal - based on illness or allergies.
For others (especially those with chronic allergies or skeletal issues), your mouth-breathing is more consistent, and much harder to control.
If you’re of the latter category of mouth-breathers, you’ll want to get your Dry Mouth under control as much as possible. This is something much easier to control than the way you breathe.
Dry Mouth symptoms can be eased by -
- drinking plenty of water
- chewing sugar-free gum
- using a humidifier in your room
- Using a Dry Mouth relief product such as HYDRALIEF
HYDRALIEF is a line of oral conditioners that eases Dry Mouth discomfort and helps promote healthy saliva flow. Our HYDRALIEF Dry Mouth Rinse is perfect to use before bed and first thing in the morning to help ease the Dry Mouth that inevitably occurs overnight for mouth breathers.
Though there are health risks associated with mouth-breathing, there is also hope.
Identify the cause of your mouth-breathing: If your mouth-breathing is chronic, and your options are limited, focus on what you can do - easing your Dry Mouth discomfort and keeping your mouth clean and healthy.