Many people don’t even realize they are breathing through their mouths while asleep. Common symptoms of mouth breathing include:
- Dry mouth
- Bad breath
- Chronic fatigue
- Brain fog
Mouth breathing presents a few different problems.
From a dental perspective, it’s not great for your teeth or gums. Saliva in the mouth is an important part of neutralizing acids, remineralizing teeth and washing away bacteria that would otherwise sit on the teeth and gums and cause damage. When your mouth dries out, it creates a perfect environment for bacteria to thrive, increasing your chance of developing tooth decay or gum disease.
Mouth breathing has also been linked to throat, ear, and sinus infections, chronic stress, allergies, hay fever, and asthma.