Mouth Breathing: What’s Breath Got to do With It?

mouth breathing diagram

I have written about “mouth breathing” a number of times over the years but I have become increasingly concerned as of late as I realize that more and more of the patients that I see are breathing this way!

I have long known that there are both oral and systemic health problems that are a result of this abnormal way of breathing.  Because I consistently observe the disconnect between the dental and medical profession in this area, I have decided to become better informed about;

“What’s Breath Got to do with it?”

I am leaving tomorrow to attend a 28 hour course in Montreal on Orofacial Myology: From Basics to Habituation.  It is an intensive course and is intended to put me on the certification track to becoming a Myofunctional Therapist.

I have so many questions about mouth breathing:

  • What is causing this rampant problem?
  • Why are so few people really concerned?
  • CPAP machines may help at night but what about during the day?
  • Will exercises really make a difference?
  • Can conditions be reversed?
  • What are the limitations of this therapy?

I am excited to learn from some of the top experts in this field and what I can personally do in my dental hygiene practice for my patients who I recognize as needing this help.

Stay tuned next month when I will share some of the answers that I have learned to the above questions and what I may be able to do to help you if you too think that you might have this problem!

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Until next time,


Medical Medium: The Role of Microbes in Oral Diseases

Medical Medium

I recently read Medical Medium, a new book by medical intuitive Anthony William, and it has resonated immensely with my own intuition about the role microbes may play in many diseases, including oral diseases.

According to William, the medical establishment is decades away from uncovering the truths espoused in his book, largely centering on the Epstein Barr virus.  The Epstein Barr virus belongs to the family of herpes viruses including those that cause cold sores, genital herpes, chickenpox and shingles and has been found to be responsible for mononucleosis and Sjogren’s syndromeContinue reading