Dr Shodjaee Newslettre
Mouth Breathing Feb 2006


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Do You Snore?


Mouth Breather Symptoms




Do You Snore?


Mouth Breathing/snoring in adults not only will result in sleeping alone, it may chip away from your life. this is how it works, we must breath in through our nose to filter, moisten, and warm the air we breath in. We must breath out through our nose to create a back pressure at the lung level for efficient exchange of carbon dioxide with oxygen. When this function is impaired (mainly due to enlargement of tonsils and/or adenoids or deviated septum or inflamation of the nose due to allergies) some carbon diaxide are left behind in the blood this in turn will react with hydrogen to form carbonic acid which is a dilator. Carbonic acid will dilates all the blood vessels, so now the heart has to work harder to keep the same blood pressure. this will cause over a long run heart disease. Some studies suggest that an adult who snores chronically will take away 8-10 years from their life. Please consult your physician or dentist for proper diganosis and treatment.

There are many treatment option for snoring depending on the severity of the upper airway obstruction, Mild to moderate obstruction can be treated with anti-snoring appliance fabricated at your dental office. please contact us for proper treatment.

  Dear Farid,

Upper airway obstruction, which is the inability to breathe through the nose (also known as "mouth breathing") is the major cause that is also connected to a myriad of medical and Dental problems.


  • Introduction
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    Nose breathing associated with the normal functions of chewing and swallowing and posture of tongue and lips provides correct muscular action stimulating adequate facial growth and bone development . Dentofacial morphology can be altered by dysfunctions, such as nasorespiratory obstruction depending on the magnitude, duration and time of occurrence. When nose breathing is disrupted by adenoid and tonsil enlargement, rhinitis (Nose inflamation), nasal septum deviation, among others, there is a prevalence of mouth breathing. Mouth breathing may lead to postural changes such as lowered position of the mandible, raised position of the head, low posture of the hyoid bone and anterior inferior position of the tongue. It has also been shown that such postural changes may be related to specific dentofacial characteristcs and morphological changes. There is much evidence that mouth breathing produces deformities of the jaws, inadequate position or shape of the alveolar process and malocclusion and results in the development of “adenoidal facies” or “long face syndrome”

  • Mouth Breather Symptoms

    • Long, narrow face
    • Difficulty breathing through nose
    • Child is smaller in weight and height
    • Dry, large lips
    • Dark circles under eyes
    • Eyes that tear easily
    • Excessive creases between lower lip and chin
    • Allergies
    • Smaller mouth with crowded teeth
    • Swollen tonsils


  • Treatment
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    The treatment of upper airway obstruction requires proper diagnosis first to find out where in the airway track is the problem and then correct that. The most qualified profession to do that is an ENT medical specialist (ear, nose and throat doctor). the dental deformitis already established has to be corrected by a dentist trained in dental orthopedics.

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