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Open-Mouth Breathing Can Cause an Increased Risk for Gum Disease

Posted on 9/10/2018 by Dr. Justin Lai
Open-Mouth Breathing Can Cause an Increased Risk for Gum DiseaseThe term 'mouth breather' often carries a derogatory connotation, which is one of the reasons that people who tend to breathe through their mouths don't want to admit it. In reality, there are many reasons that someone may favor breathing through their mouth than their nose, including respiratory issues.

Unfortunately, open-mouth breathing can increase your risk for gum disease and a host of other oral health problems. By identifying the symptoms and effects, you may be inspired to talk to your dentist about your open-mouth breathing.

Signs of Mouth Breathing

Do you suspect that you might be a mouth breather? If so, there are a number of symptoms that you can look for:

•  Dry lips
•  Chronic bad breath
•  Frequent sinus infections
•  Snoring
•  Crooked teeth

If you are a mouth breather, it is even more important that you visit with your dentist regularly.

Mouth Breathing and Gum Disease

Humans are designed to breathe through the nose, and when you habitually breathe through the mouth, some problems may occur.

The number one concern is dry mouth. When you breathe through your mouth, the soft tissues of the oral cavity will dry out, and saliva production may slow down. This can lead to many additional issues, the most severe of which is gum disease.

Gum disease is an infection of the gum tissue. It is characterized by red, swollen, and bleeding gums. With time, it could lead to infections in the pockets of the gums, gum recession, and even tooth loss. What is even more concerning is that gum disease has been connected to greater health concerns such as heart attack and stroke, so it should be prevented at all costs.

Regardless of whether or not you are a mouth breather, regular visits with your dentist are essential. Give us a call today to set up your next appointment.

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From crowns and bridges to periodontal care and extractions, Justin Lai, DDS offers a wide range of general and cosmetic dental treatments. If you have a dental concern, Dr. Lai will have a solution.

Edge Dental is equipped with digital x-rays, intra-oral cameras and 3-dimensional cone beam imaging to gain the best possible information about patient dental health. This enables Dr. Lai to view teeth, gum tissue and surrounding bone structures in high resolution from all angles. Based on findings, treatment plans are designed to optimize oral health with minimally invasive procedures.

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