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Nose breathing vs. mouth breathing: Do your patients know which is healthier?

June 21, 2023
Your patients might not know that breathing through their mouth sets them up for some unhealthy results, both dental and otherwise. Here's what to know and what to share with them.

"The nose is made for breathing and the mouth is made for eating." Kids laugh when I remind them of this, but unfortunately, so many people—old and young—walk around with an open mouth and use it for breathing.

What happens to be the one thing all my gum disease patients and tooth decay patients do? They breathe through their mouths. And that’s not the only way mouth breathing impacts health.

Read my blog post, The Nose Knows, to learn more about the effects of mouth breathing and how to help your patients who do it

Remember that the nose has an important job to do: get air into the body. Oxygen trumps everything else—so if the nose isn't being used for breathing as it should, the results can be disastrous.

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Barbara Tritz, MSB, BSDATE, RDH, is a biological dental hygienist and orofacial myofunctional therapist whose blog, Queen of Dental Hygiene, provides patients the information they need to help them on their healing journey. “Our one-hour appointment time was just not long enough to share all the many important facts I wanted our patients to learn. Dental hygiene is about so much more than just teaching brushing and flossing," says Barbara. “We are healers, educators, and lifesavers, and we need to give our patients the tools and skills to empower them to true wellness and health.”

About the Author

Barbara Tritz, MSB, BSDATE, BRDH

Barbara Tritz, MSB, BSDATE, BRDH, is a practicing biological dental hygienist at Green City Dental in Edmonds, Washington. She is the owner of Washington Oral Wellness in Kirkland, Washington, where she practices orofacial myofunctional therapy. She completed her accreditation in biological dental hygiene through the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology, and is laser certified through the Academy of Laser Dentistry. In 2019 Barbara received the HuFriedy-American Dental Hygienist Association Master Clinician Award. Barbara can be contacted at [email protected].