How often do you think about breathing? It’s probably something you don’t actually spend too much time considering, but did you know that there is a “right” way and a “wrong” way to breathe? The right way is to breathe through your nose, and the less ideal way to breathe is through your mouth. But do you know why? If not, don’t worry. It’s our goal to help educate patients in Dallas, Texas, about the importance of nasal breathing.
Why Is Nasal Breathing Better?
The primary reason nasal breathing is better than mouth breathing is that it allows you to get more oxygen than mouth breathing. Some studies have shown that if you’re breathing through your mouth, you’re missing out on as much as 90 percent of the oxygen your body needs to support your organs, tissues and cells.
When your body is not getting the oxygen it needs, your cells can die off, and the risk of developing a severe illness or even a chronic health problem, such as heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis and diabetes, goes up significantly.
There are other benefits of nasal breathing, such as:
Filtration. When you breathe in air through your nose, it is cleaned and filtered by the tiny hairs known as cilia in your nose. This filtration helps remove germs like bacteria, viruses, fungi, pollutants and dust.
Deeper breathing. By breathing through your nose, you can take deeper breathes and engage your lower lungs. When your lower lungs are an active part of breathing, you get more oxygen to the rest of your body and better support for your organs and tissues. Engaging the lower lung helps to calm the body, too, because the lower lungs is where the parasympathetic (also known as the calming) nerves are located. When they are activated, the brain floods the body with anti-stress hormones.
Carbon dioxide conversion. Deeper breathing allows oxygen to stay in your lungs longer, allowing more oxygen to be converted to carbon dioxide waste. This helps to maintain your blood pH levels, reduce stress on your cells and eliminate free radicals.
Here are some signs you may be breathing through your mouth during sleep:
- Dry mouth and sore throat
- Bad breath (halitosis)
- Waking up still feeling tired
- Chronic fatigue
- Brain fog and difficulty concentrating
- Dark circles under the eyes
Do you think you could be breathing through your mouth at night? It’s time to call Face ForWard Orthodontics in Dallas, Texas, at 214-304-8485.