It’s not always a simple question! Signs that you might have an airway problem (where your breathing is suboptimal due to any number of factors) include:
Our doctors examine a number of anatomical structures during your evaluation - we don’t stop at teeth! Certain factors that we note in our assessment may point to an impaired/obstructed airway:
Of course, the teeth and gums tell us a lot too! Bruxism (grinding and clenching) can often be a sign of a breathing problem, as can:
Many of the dental signs that point us to a breathing problem are also the negative effects, i.e. decay, eroded enamel, worn teeth from grinding, dry mouth, or a dysfunctional bite.
When you aren’t breathing properly, it puts significant physical stress on your body. Among other issues stemming from that, stress causes the release of cortisol, which can lead to:
First and foremost, consult with your medical and dental professionals to identify the root of the problem - this will help you address the cause! Your doctors will assess and may recommend sleep studies, specialist visits, or various other screening methods.
If something anatomical is causing the issue, surgery or an oral sleep appliance (mandibular advancement device, CPAP, etc.) may be the right answer for you. If habitual, the answer may be as simple as retraining your breathing to breathe more regularly through your nose.
Have questions for our team about your breathing? Reach out today!
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