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Samuel E. Selcher, DMD

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Samuel E. Selcher, DMD is a leading provider of dental services in the Middletown community. Our mission is to help you achieve and maintain a beautiful smile, and more, for years to come.

Mouth Breathing and Its Impact on Oral Health

Are you a mouth breather? If so, you might not realize the impact it can have on your oral health. Breathing through your mouth can lead to a range of dental problems, from dry mouth to gum disease. Let’s take a closer look at the consequences of mouth breathing and how you can address it.

Mouth BreathingWhen you breathe through your mouth, it dries out your saliva, which is your mouth’s natural defense against tooth decay and gum disease. Saliva helps to wash away food particles and neutralize acids produced by bacteria in your mouth. Without enough saliva, you’re more prone to cavities and gum problems.

But the effects don’t stop there. It can also cause bad breath, as the dry environment allows bacteria to thrive. And in children, chronic mouth breathing can affect the development of their face and jaws, leading to orthodontic issues.

So, what can you do if you’re a mouth breather? The first step is to figure out why you’re breathing through your mouth. Allergies, sinus problems, and even the structure of your nose or throat can be factors. Once you know the cause, you can work on solutions, whether that’s allergy treatment, nasal strips, or other interventions.

Changing the way you breathe isn’t easy, but it’s worth it for the sake of your dental health.  If you’re concerned about the effects of mouth breathing on your oral health, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment with us at Middletown Dental. We can help you identify the cause and find the right solution to protect your teeth and gums.

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