Are you a mouth breather? A lot of people breathe through their mouth and don’t realize it. It is most commonly done at night but can happen throughout the day as well.
Of course there are times that breathing through your mouth is acceptable. For example, it is hard to avoid breathing through your mouth if you have nasal congestion or are working out and breathing heavy. But, some people just do it out of habit. It is when it becomes constant that it can cause an issue.
Breathing through your mouth causes your mouth to dry out and produce less saliva. It is important that you are producing saliva because it washes away bacteria and helps prevent cavities. If your mouth is dry, there is a higher chance of getting gum disease. The dryness can also cause bad breath. Some think that mouth-breathers are getting less oxygen in the blood since they aren’t using their nose which produces nitrous oxide. This can also cause low blood pressure.
Mouth breathing can be diagnosed by your dentist during your semi-annual exam if he/she notices gum disease, constant cavities, dry mouth and/or bad breath. Make sure you are keeping up with your dental visits so that if you are a mouth breather it can be detected and you can take the necessary steps to help prevent it!