Royal Oak and Birmingham, MI
Anti-aging is a topic on every beauty website and promoted on the packaging of cosmetic products. Did you know that your dentist also could help you turn back the clock on your appearance? Your Royal Oak dentist Dr. Nancy Hartrick wants to educate you on how you could reverse signs of aging just by breathing through your nose.
Lists of potential anti-aging tips never mention nose breathing, but it helps. You can, in fact, minimize the prominence of fine lines and wrinkles by not breathing through your mouth. Night creams, moisturizers, and even changing up your diet or exercise routine improves your appearance and helps you look younger. But, what about nasal breathing? Let’s further explore this issue.
How You Breathe Matters
Over time, how you breathe affects not only your dental health but also your body. Nasal breathing creates more oxygenation in the bloodstream and encourages the production of nitric oxide. In addition to its anti-bacterial qualities, nitric oxide relaxes the body and every major system from cardiovascular to immune. Nitric oxide helps with other medical issues as well. Scientific research shows that nitric oxide improves conditions relating to digestive troubles, immune health, memory loss, and behavioral disorders.
The benefits of nitric oxide include:
- Increases memory and learning abilities
- Regulates blood pressure
- Invokes healthy response to inflammation
- Improves your quality of sleep
- Increases both endurance and strength
- Helps with weight loss
- Encourages both healthy immune system and gut function
- Reduces chronic pain
- Reduces your risk of heart disease
- Manages symptoms of anxiety and depression
- Slows signs of aging like wrinkles and fine lines
There is no way to stop aging in its tracks. However, there is a difference between graceful healthy aging and the signs of aging appearing too quickly. Having healthy blood circulation, a strong heart, and a well-functioning cardiovascular system lowers your body’s stress levels. Between the anti-inflammatory abilities and its effects on blood flow, nitric oxide also encourages vibrant, natural, healthy-looking skin.
Am I Breathing Through My Nose?
You probably never think about how you breathe—whether you do so through your nose or mouth. After all, breathing is an unconscious bodily function unless you suffer from a condition that makes breathing more difficult. We’ve all seen or heard someone referred to as a “mouth breather.” That’s usually an insult related to intelligence, but also a negative association that doesn’t apply in this discussion.
At Hartrick Dentistry, we can help you decipher if you’re breathing through your mouth or not. We recommend looking out for these common symptoms:
Signs of mouth breathing while asleep:
- Dry mouth
- Waking up throughout the night (sometimes paired with the need to urinate frequently)
- Teeth grinding (clinically known as bruxism)
Signs of mouth breathing while awake:
- Chronic fatigue
- Halitosis (bad breath)
- Gum disease
- Regularly occurring headaches that may feel like migraines
The Causes of Mouth Breathing
There are different reasons why you may not be able to breathe through your nose. Many of them relate to some obstruction in your airway. Mouth breathing, however, is a bad habit that may develop after chronic nasal congestion. Or it could be temporary if it’s related to an issue like allergies. It may need some form of medical treatment. Mouth breathing has been linked to enlarged adenoids, tonsils, and nasal polyps. It may be due to the shape of your nasal passage or having a constricted airway, which can lead to obstructive sleep apnea. You may be suffering from a deviated septum or TMD (temporomandibular joint disorder).
Treating Mouth Breathing in Royal Oak
Mouth breathing is not healthy, but an airway-centric dentist like Dr. Hartrick provides treatment for airway disorders. Dr. Hartrick may recommend a course of myofunctional therapy, which uses specific exercises to correct oral posture and promote nasal breathing. Ideal oral posture is with lips closed, teeth closed, and the tongue resting gently against the roof of the mouth.
If you or someone you love is breathing through their mouth, then call Hartrick Dentistry at (248) 549-0950. Our educated and experienced staff wants to help you stay as healthy, vibrant, and youthful as possible. Schedule a consultation today to treat your mouth breathing if you live in the areas of Royal Oak and Birmingham, Michigan.