The nose was specially designed to breathe through. Since it was created for optimal breathing, the nose should be used for doing just that, rather than breathing through the mouth.
At least seven reasons exist for why a person should consciously breathe through their nose rather than through their mouth. In the first place,
breathing through the nose just looks more attractive than breathing through the mouth. But there are also several health reasons why a person
should remember to breathe through their nose rather than through their mouth.
- Air inhaled through the nose is both warmed and made moist at the same time. The nasal passages’ delicate tissues are prevented from drying out and kept warm at the same time, which protects the nose’s sensitive tissues.
- Air which is exhaled through the nostrils becomes moisturized. This extra moisture reduces dehydration of the entire body, especially nasal tissues.
- Air that is breathed directly into the lungs is not filtered. Breathing through the nose filters the air before it enters the body. Allergens, bacteria, viruses, etc. are filtered out of the body through the turbinates and other parts of the inside of the nose. The mucus of the airway linings collects potential contaminants where they are destroyed by nasal enzymes before they can enter the body and cause harm or make the body sick.
- Breathing through the nose protects an individual’s oral health. When an individual inhales through their mouth, the gums, tongue, and oral cavity become dried out, which causes excess acids in the mouth. Extraoral acids cause the gums and teeth to decay faster. A moisturized mouth remains healthier for the long term.
- Breathing through a person’s nose helps the facial muscles and bones develop correctly and helps develop straight teeth. When the mouth is closed, the tongue is in the proper position to help the jaw grow correctly, and teeth emerge in the right places.
- Breathing through the nose lessens the chance of snoring, reduces the chance of sleep apnea by keeping the tongue in the correct place in the mouth, and helps give the individual a good night sleep. Sleep apnea and diabetes are associated with mouth breathing, as is heart disease. Breathing through the nose gives the body the correct amount of filtered air that it needs to keep people sleeping peacefully through the night.
- Nose breathing regulates the amount of air that comes into the body. Breathing through the nose allows the body to take in the proper amount of oxygen for the body’s needs.
If you routinely discover yourself breathing through your mouth, or feel like you can’t breathe through your nose, check with a specialist. A nasal breathing specialist, such as Dr. Kapil Saigal, can determine the cause of a person’s mouth breathing and correct any problems found. Once the nasal disorder has been discovered, a person can breathe through their nose and reap the benefits.