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Why Mouth Breathing is Bad for Your Oral Health

Most mouth breathers do not even know they are one! There are many things you need to do to keep a healthy mouth such as brushing, flossing, but who knew avoiding a lot of breathing through your mouth is also one of them.

Breathing out of your mouth instead of your nose is sometimes caused by an underlying issue with your nasal passage. CNO or chronic nasal obstruction is why people breathe out of their mouth. Due to not enough oxygen getting into our lungs by breathing through our nose we resort to breathing through our mouth.

But what does mouth breathing have to do with oral health concerns? Breathing out of your mouth dries your mouth out and leads to a decrease in saliva. Saliva plays a very important role in getting rid of harmful bacteria and neutralizing acids in your mouth. Therefore, when not enough saliva is produced, your chance of tooth decay and other dangerous oral problems increase. Dry mouth can also lead to chronically bad breath, tooth decay and cavities. People with chronic dry mouth also have a higher risk of gum disease and gingivitis. Believe it or not gum disease also has been linked to heart attacks, strokes, and heart disease.

Mouth breathing can also lead to allergies, poor sleep, lower oxygen count in the blood, crooked teeth, gummy smiles, headaches, sore throats, and more.

Signs to tell if you are a mouth breather:

  • Dry lips
  • Crowded teeth
  • Snoring and open mouth while sleeping
  • Increased number of airway infections including sinus, ear, colds
  • Chronic bad breath

How to combat mouth breathing:

  • Use saline nasal sprays, nasal decongestants or allergy reliever medications at the first sign of allergy or cold symptoms.
  • Sleep on your back with your head elevated to open up the airways and promote nasal breathing.
  • Keep your house clean and free of allergens.
  • Install air filters in your heat and air conditioning (HVAC) systems to prevent the spread of allergens in your house
    consciously practicing breathing through your nose during the day to help force yourself into a habit of nose breathing

If you are suffering from dry mouth and are ready to fix the problem, give Above & Beyond a call!

About Dr Kevin Low

It could be argued that Dr.Kevin Low was born to be a dentist. Dr. Low has been around drills and prophy-paste his whole life, as his father was also a practicing dentist. As a teen, he would volunteer in his dad's dental office, and those days he spent watching his father work made him realize that dentistry was more than just drilling and filling. He watched patients come into his dad's office self-conscious, and leave as people who could not wait to show off their new smiles. Dr. Low saw the transformational impact restoring someone's smile had on their life, and knew he wanted to be the guy to do it.

Dr. Low began his journey by training in health sciences during his undergraduate years at Creighton University in Omaha. After receiving his undergraduate degree, he went on to the School of Dentistry, where he earned his degree as a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS). Armed with the knowledge and passion of a caring and skilled doctor, he began his search for the perfect place to practice.

In 2009 he landed the amazing position at Above and Beyond Dentistry and Implants. Having been raised on the West Coast, Dr. Low was happy to be back to the mild winters of the Pacific Northwest. Dr. Low loves where he works, and really considers it an honor to be able to practice what he loves every day.

Dr. Low boasts of having the best team in Washington at Above and Beyond Dentistry and Implants. His team exemplifies what it means to be in the healthcare profession. They are caring, gentle, and professional. They truly love working with the community members of Battle Ground, Washington. You won't find a better place to have your dental health taken care of than at Dr. Low's office.

Dr. Low also appreciates all things technology-based, and offers the most up to date procedures to his patients. He loves that he is in a place where he can transform his patients' smiles more comfortably than ever before. Dr. Low is making a difference, one smile at a time, and would love to be a lifelong partner in your oral health.

His story has truly come full circle, as he gets to transform the health and smiles of patients every day. He can‘t imagine doing anything else with his career.

Stop in and meet Dr. Low and his team, or give us a call at (360) 989-3717.

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Wednesday 7-4 | Thursday 7-4

1908 NW 1st Way, Ste 105
Battle Ground, WA 98604