Day 3: The Nose Knows

Barbara Tritz
· June 3, 2023 ·

2 minutes

Your nose knows it’s made for breathing and the mouth is made for eating. Kids laugh when I remind them of this. Unfortunately, so many people – old and young walk around with an open mouth and use their mouth for breathing. All my gum disease patients and/or tooth decay patients all mouth breathe. Please, close your mouth and use your nose! You will be healthier! Your body will be in balance, and your mouth will stay healthier.

Nasal Breathing: Lips together, tongue on the roof of the mouth and teeth slightly apart.

Your nose has an important job to do: get air into your body to keep you alive. Oxygen trumps everything else. The body sacrifices teeth for oxygen at night. Broken, worn or chipped teeth indicate an airway problem.

Your nose filters, purifies, warms, and moisturizes the air you breathe. If you mouth breathe, none of that happens. Dirty, dry air filled with pollens, dander, or viruses, and other germs goes straight to your lungs.

Nasal breathing slows your breathing down.

Mouth breathing causes you to hyperventilate and give off too much carbon dioxide (CO2). Your body needs carbon dioxide to put the proper amount of oxygen (O2) into your blood. Mouth breathing reduces this level of CO2 so by mouth breathing you actually are putting less O2 into your body. Have anxiety attacks? You may be hyperventilating. Your brain works better if you nasal breathe. Rethink that “in through the nose, out through the mouth” you hear from your aerobics instructor.

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You will be healthier if you use your nose 24/7. You will have more clean, moisturized, and healthier air in your body!

Close your mouth. Use your nose.

Tomorrow- learn about “Nasal Hygiene”.


Barbara Tritz

Happy Nasal Breathing Queen of Dental Hygiene

Hello, I'm Barbara Tritz

Unveiling the Stories Behind Dental Hygiene

Loving science, especially biology, from an early age, Barbara is a registered dental hygienist, certified biological hygienist, and orofacial myofunctional therapist. In 2019, she received the Hu-Friedy/ADHA Master Clinician Award from the American Dental Hygienist Association.

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