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Resolving Mouth Breathing

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 12, 2010 at 3:54 PM

After nearly 40 years of SAD eating, I have gone full Paleo close to 3 years. It has resolved many issues: allergies, over-fat, under muscled, flexibility, joint pain, low motility and sperm count, sleep apnea etc. Paleo is some sorta cure all right. It is just too bad my Mother didn't feed me this way from birth. As such, I have a crowded underdeveloped face/jawline/mouth/sinuses as many of us raised on SAD are stuck with.

My mouth breathing is drastically better, other than Paleo nutrition/living, I've incorporated breathe-rite nasal strips, saline nasal washes and just plain focussing on nose-breathing. I have much improvement, but have started to look into more radical measures. I've ceased using steroidal sprays and anti-histamine and other meds.

The various dental appliances, hyrax and others,polyp surgery and other procedures, balloon treatments, chiropractic adjustment and the like all seem promising. None of these are painless or non-invasive. Just can't decide it any of them make much sense.

If you have any experience with other measures, diet related or otherwise, or anecdotal stories to share, please chime in with an answer. I may go down the road of a "simple" run through with a chiropractor first. Then perhaps a hyrax dental appliance. Surgery is lower on the list.

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on May 13, 2010
at 11:27 PM

I, too, am a mouth breather, especially during sleep. I have always had a problem with inflamed bleeding gums. One dentist I had asked me if I breathed through my mouth when I slept. So, apparently, it can also lead to gum problems. ?!

0d2dec01a5ed9363a9915e111ae13f7e

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on May 13, 2010
at 12:58 PM

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buteyko_method Sure have been poking around the 'net reading up on this. Pretty good results seem possible. Surely will give a try before going for the knife! Currently, it is a struggle just to breathe through my nose, but it has been getting better with saline, humidity, and some concentration! Since going paleo, the nose breathing went up, but lately I am focussing *more* on it.

688aca0eb9e76d6a801a9691a8609399

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on May 12, 2010
at 11:23 PM

I couldn't remember the name of that technique... but it definitely did work for me. You should look into this first, before you are tempted to try something more radical.

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on May 12, 2010
at 11:01 PM

Interesting--thanks!

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on May 12, 2010
at 05:39 PM

And a reduced production of Nitrus Oxide, an inhibition of the immune system, less deep sleep, increased cortisol, and other issues. Mouth breathing is a pretty bad deal all around.

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on May 12, 2010
at 05:39 PM

It seems there can be a bit of adjustment allowing for a spread of the roof of the mouth, the sinuses, however minor. Just looking into it, and am not yet sold on the idea.

6426d61a13689f8f651164b10f121d64

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on May 12, 2010
at 05:30 PM

Mouth-breathing can cause dry mouth, bad breath and shortness of breath after exercise (due to lack of warming and humidification of inhaled air). In children, mouth-breathing can cause dental malocclusion and elongation of the face (known as "adenoidal facies"). Ref: http://lib.bioinfo.pl/meid:108297

6426d61a13689f8f651164b10f121d64

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on May 12, 2010
at 05:16 PM

Tim, I'm curious about how chiropractic can help mouth-breathing. What is the proposed mechanism for positive effects?

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on May 12, 2010
at 07:48 PM

Try looking up buteyko breathing technique; may be of help.

688aca0eb9e76d6a801a9691a8609399

(30)

on May 12, 2010
at 11:23 PM

I couldn't remember the name of that technique... but it definitely did work for me. You should look into this first, before you are tempted to try something more radical.

0d2dec01a5ed9363a9915e111ae13f7e

(4583)

on May 13, 2010
at 12:58 PM

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buteyko_method Sure have been poking around the 'net reading up on this. Pretty good results seem possible. Surely will give a try before going for the knife! Currently, it is a struggle just to breathe through my nose, but it has been getting better with saline, humidity, and some concentration! Since going paleo, the nose breathing went up, but lately I am focussing *more* on it.

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on May 12, 2010
at 05:29 PM

"I didn't see much downside - but would be interested if anyone knew to the contrary"

mouth breathing dries out the mouth. saliva prevents cavities.

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on May 12, 2010
at 04:35 PM

I've breathed through my mouth all my life, and only relatively recently realised that isn't normal! Most doctors shrugged their shoulders, but one said I had an S shaped septum which restricted air flow. I decided against surgery, because whilst it was odd to mouth breathe, I didn't see much downside - but would be interested if anyone knew to the contrary.

6426d61a13689f8f651164b10f121d64

(11488)

on May 12, 2010
at 05:30 PM

Mouth-breathing can cause dry mouth, bad breath and shortness of breath after exercise (due to lack of warming and humidification of inhaled air). In children, mouth-breathing can cause dental malocclusion and elongation of the face (known as "adenoidal facies"). Ref: http://lib.bioinfo.pl/meid:108297

2b4f887f5fd32a37c6038eb0aaaf3bf5

(1648)

on May 13, 2010
at 11:27 PM

I, too, am a mouth breather, especially during sleep. I have always had a problem with inflamed bleeding gums. One dentist I had asked me if I breathed through my mouth when I slept. So, apparently, it can also lead to gum problems. ?!

0d2dec01a5ed9363a9915e111ae13f7e

(4583)

on May 12, 2010
at 05:39 PM

And a reduced production of Nitrus Oxide, an inhibition of the immune system, less deep sleep, increased cortisol, and other issues. Mouth breathing is a pretty bad deal all around.

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on January 17, 2011
at 12:01 AM

Try 500mg vitamin c in an 8oz nasal rinse. I found helpfull information here http://www.thorne.com/altmedrev/.fulltext/11/3/196.pdf

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