Nose vs. Mouth – Which are You?

A “mouth breather” describes an individual who habitually breathes through their mouth rather than their nose. This can occur for various reasons and, in some cases, is just temporary due to nasal congestion or during intense physical activity. However, some develop a chronic habit of breathing through their mouth even when no underlying medical condition exists.

Breathing through your nose is an excellent habit to have. The nostrils and nasal passages are designed to filter out particles in the air. This helps prevent harmful substances from entering the lungs. Nasal passageways also humidify the air you breathe, making it less dry and more comfortable for your lungs. It helps warm the air as it travels through those passages, which is more suitable for the sensitive tissue in the lungs.

This good habit can lead to many other benefits, such as improved overall health, particularly during exercise. A deep inhale helps maintain heart rate, energy levels, and focus. You will sleep better and prevent snoring and sleep apnea, leading to better sleep.

Breathing through your mouth has other affects. If you wake up with a dry mouth, you may be breathing through your mouth at night! This can cause bad breath and increase your risk of gum disease and other oral health problems.

It’s important to note that individual circumstances may vary, and if you have concerns about your breathing patterns, it’s advisable to consult with a healthcare professional.

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*The information given in this blog is intended for informational purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional or medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.