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A Closer Look at Mouth Breathing vs. Nasal Breathing

May 5, 2023

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a patient sleeping with their mouth open

Breathing is a pretty fundamental aspect of our lives, yet it’s also something we often take for granted. We’re often unaware of the way we breathe, whether it’s through our nose or mouth—but did you know that being mindful of your breathing habits can actually have a profound impact on your overall well-being? Keep reading to learn a little more from your trusted sleep dentist about some of the differences between nasal breathing vs. mouth breathing, along with how SomniFix, a unique sleep aid, can help to optimize your breathing during sleep and contribute to better-quality rest.  

Nasal Breathing vs. Mouth Breathing

Nasal breathing involves drawing air in through the nostrils and exhaling via the same route. On the other hand, mouth breathing occurs when we bypass the nasal passage entirely and breathe in and out solely through the mouth. Of the two, nasal breathing is the preferred method for a couple of reasons. The human body is optimized to breathe through the nose, thanks to the way the nasal passages and respiratory system are designed. The tiny hairs inside our nostrils help to filter the air we breathe, while simultaneously boosting oxygen consumption.

Conversely, mouth breathing can lead to dry mouth, which spells bad news you’re your oral health since your saliva is your mouth’s first line of defense against cavity-causing bacteria. Chronic mouth breathing can also lead to other issues including speech impediments and jaw pain. Frequent snoring is another common symptom. A few notable causes of mouth breathing include:

  • Chronic allergies and frequent colds and/or sinus infections
  • Asthma and other respiratory issues
  • Inflamed or enlarged tonsils
  • Small nostrils or a deviated septum
  • Other abnormalities affecting the airway

How SomniFix Can Help Promote Better Sleep

SomniFix is a specialized sleep aid designed to promote nasal breathing during sleep. The treatment consists of strips of clinical, noninvasive mouth tape that effectively curb mouth breathing by gently sealing the lips and encouraging patients to breathe through their nose. It offers the following awesome benefits:

  • Reduces snoring by promoting nasal breathing
  • Increases a patient’s CPAP compliance
  • Improves overall sleep quality

About the Practice

The Bethesda Center for Dental Sleep Medicine & TMJ Therapy is thrilled to provide patients and families in the Bethesda, MD community with all of the solutions they need for their sleep-related issues. The practice is led by Dr. Bernard L. Greenbaum, who received his DDS from the Georgetown University School of Dentistry and is a proud Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry. He is also a Diplomate of the American Board of Sleep Dental Medicine. If you have any questions about the article or you’d like to schedule a visit for you or a loved one, feel free to contact Dr. Greenbaum’s practice online or over the phone for further assistance. Telephone: (301) 307-5386.

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