Gasp! How you Breathe could be Causing Cavities

how you breathe can cause cavitiesRoyal Oak and Birmingham, MI

One of the most perplexing patient questions is how someone can get cavities, even when they constantly brush and floss their teeth and visit their dentist twice a year. For years, we’ve all heard that lack of oral care and too much sugar causes cavities. But that’s not the only culprit. How you breathe can determine your risk of cavities. Myofunctional therapists in Royal Oak specialize in treating mouth breathing and how to retrain your mouth to properly function so you can reduce potential cavities and other health effects of breathing through your mouth.

Assess Your Breathing

The friendly Detroit dental team recommends taking a moment and think about how you breathe when you are sitting in a relaxed position. Breathing through your nose with your mouth closed, teeth together, and tongue resting along the roof of your mouth is proper rest oral posture. However, patients who breathe through their mouth are assisting the bacterial growth associated with dry mouth. Saliva removes harmful bacteria, but without saliva, bacteria find it a perfect condition to attack your tooth enamel, potentially resulting in cavities. Therefore, if you find your mouth seems dry throughout the day, drink more water to rinse away harmful bacteria and restore your pH balance.

Long Term Effects

Typically, when a patient is diagnosed with mouth breathing, it occurs all the time and is likely a condition related to open mouth posture. When you have an open mouth posture, it can lead to cavities, sleep apnea, heart disease, alterations in facial appearance, and stroke because mouth breathing actually results in lower oxygen levels in the body. Fortunately, Dr. Hartrick, a leading Detroit neuromuscular dentist, has existential training in myofunctional therapy and how to improve a patient’s overall oral health and negate the adverse long-term effects.

Mouth Breathing Treatment

Merely thinking about breathing through your nose instead of your mouth will not instantaneously correct the problem. Mouth breathing in children actually hinders jaw and upper palatal development, leading to crooked teeth, snoring, sleep apnea, and even difficulties in learning. Therefore, children who show early signs of complications should seek treatment immediately. For adults, the treatment method is the same, but the results may take longer to achieve due to years of bad oral habits. The treatment is non-invasive and teaches your mouth, lips, and tongue to rest the appropriate way. The neuromuscular dentist in Royal Oak near you, Dr. Hartrick, can help you breathe better while preserving your oral health.

Qualified Candidates

Patients at any age can benefit from myofunctional therapy for better oral health. Children are often more responsive to the treatment because of their natural flexibility with their growth patterns. Therefore, if you notice your child showing early signs of mouth breathing, feel free to schedule an appointment with our family-friendly dental staff in Detroit for an assessment and treatment to get your child on the right oral health track.

Neuromuscular Dentists in Royal Oak and Birmingham, Michigan

Although it may seem outlandish, how you breathe can directly affect your oral health. Therefore, if you notice you get a lot of cavities but maintain a stellar record of dental care, ask your friendly Royal Oak dentist about your resting mouth posture and if it could be part of the cause of your cavities. Feel free to schedule an appointment to discuss your situation with Dr. Hartrick at (248) 549-0950 or contact us online today for more information.

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    Dr. Nancy Hartrick, DDS
    32609 Woodward Ave.
    Royal Oak, MI 48073
    Call: 248-549-0950
    Fax: 248-549-1180