Why is Mouth Breathing Bad for Health?

graphic of Why is Mouth Breathing Bad for Health? Mouth breathing dries out the oral tissues, including the gums, teeth and airway. This leads to tonsil inflammation and formation of tonsil stones, bad breath, dry throat & difficulty swallowing without something to wash food down, and increased cavities and gingivitis. A lips-apart posture = a low tongue, which perpetuates mouth-breathing and poor palatal development during childhood.

Individuals with mouth-breathing often have a strong gag reflex on the tongue. A fully integrated gag reflex exists only in the esophagus, not on the tongue.

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