Mouth Breathing

Mouth breathing occurs when there is a blockage or insufficiency in nasal breathing. Mouth breathing helps in taking oxygen to the muscles in a faster manner. But breathing through the nose filters the impurities and adds moisture to the air, preventing lung dryness. Snoring, dry mouth, bad breath, fatigue, etc., are indicative of mouth breathing. They are treated by removal of nasal congestions and blockage.

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I breathe through my mouth while exercising and singing. Will the dust I inhale affect my body?

Query: Hello doctor, Nose breathing seems to be healthiest as it filters dust and toxins, but when I exercise hard or sing, I have to breathe hard through the mouth. What happens to indoor or outdoor dust when we breathe directly through the mouth? All the dust goes directly inside our bodies without any ...  Read Full »


Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. Lung has its defense mechanism. The particles which get inside our body get trapped by: 1. Mucus is produced by lung cells, and this mucus either cough out or swallows. 2. Special cells called macrophages engulf those particles. 3. Special...  Read Full »

I breathe through my mouth due to nasal airway occlusion. Will this problem remain permanent if left untreated?

Query: Hello doctor,I have to continuously breathe through my mouth due to nasal airway occlusion, which leads to concentration problems. Will this remain permanent if left untreated in adults? Will adult patients require treatment for managing cognitive or learning symptoms?  Read Full »


Dr. Oliyath Ali

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Mouth breathing in adults due to obstruction of nasal passages can be treated with medicines or surgical procedures depending on the cause of nasal obstruction. For example, a structural deformity leading to an obstruction like deviated nasal septum or concha bullosa...  Read Full »

Why do I have back pain, neck pain, and shortness of breath for the past two days?

Query: Hello doctor, I have had back pain, neck pain, and shortness of breath for two days. I breathe through my mouth and feel tired. Please help as I am getting anxious.  Read Full »


Dr. Basuki Nath Bhagat

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have read your query and am sorry for such discomfort. Please answer the following questions. Do you have a runny nose? Any upper respiratory tract infection or symptoms like dry cough, blocked nose, or facial pain at present? Have you measured your blood pressu...  Read Full »

Can my mouth breathing habit lead to sleep apnea?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 19. I am partly a mouth breather since childhood. I mean, I breathe through my mouth only while sleeping. Is it harmful? Will I get sleep apnea? I am a thin guy with no snoring issues.  Read Full »


Dr. Shaikh Sadaf

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I just read your query about mouth breathing. I would like to say that yes, eventually it causes enlarged tonsils as well as adenoids, and causes a nasal obstruction leading to obstructive sleep apnea. It can happen in any body type. If your nose is blocked b...  Read Full »

Can teeth move when pushed with tongue?

Query: Hello doctor, I feel like my teeth are loose and moving in front. It looks like my tongue is pushing them forward. When I look in the mirror, I can notice that one of my teeth has shifted. I do not know what happened and I am really scared. I try to brush my teeth at least once a day. Please help.  Read Full »


Dr. Subha

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. The feeling of teeth moving forward might be due to the following: The eruption of the wisdom teeth - the force exerted by eruptingtooth pushes the rest of the teeth forward. Periodontitis - gum disease that causes migration of the teeth. Mouth breathing - breathin...  Read Full »

How to get rid of bad breath? I floss, brush every morning and night, but still suffer from bad breath.

Query: Dear Doctor, I am 16 years old. I floss, brush every morning and night and use a tongue cleaner too. But still suffer from bad breath the whole day. Please help me.  Read Full »


Dr. Tooba Qazi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Do not worry. After following these tips you will feel better and get rid of bad breath by 2 weeks. Start using chlorhexidine mouthwash thrice a day for 4 weeks. Do saline water mouth rinses (take lukewarm water in a small cup and add 1/4th teaspoon salt in it),...  Read Full »

After puberty, I feel hard to speak in a normal tone. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a question about my voice. As a kid, I had a raspy voice the entire time until puberty. After I hit puberty, I do not think my parents noticed anything, but people have said I sound like Kermit the frog or that I need to stop mumbling. The problem I have is that I have to try qu...  Read Full »


Dr. Mehak Agarwal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. If your nose is blocked then you may have nasal polyps or some nasopharyngeal mass like adenoid or may have deviated nasal septum. For that, an endoscopy or CT scan is required. It may alter the voice. After ruling out these possibilities, you can consult a speec...  Read Full »

Kindly explain the benefits of breathing through the nose and mouth.

Query: Hi doctor, Please explain the benefits of breathing through the mouth and breathing through the nose. Is one better for the body than the other? Does it depend on activity that is, exercise?  Read Full »


Dr. Priyanka Aggarwal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Nose is considered as the primary organ for breathing. It warms, cleans and humidifies the inspired air and cools and removes water from the expired. It also adds quality to the speech production. During exercise, the function of the nose is bypassed. It is important for ...  Read Full »

How to help a kid who breathes through his nose and snores due to nasal polyps?

Query: My 3.4year old kid has nasal polyps which is 3/4th coveres into his left nostril and 1/4th covered in right nostril, he always breaths through his mouth, whenever he does some activity he feels little dypsnea, but never stops being naughty, he snores while sleeping which is more concern to me. Till ...  Read Full »


Dr. Syed Tehmid

Answer: Hello, welcome to iCliniq Nasal blockade due to any cause be it adenoids or polyps do cause snoring.It is because any obstruction in the the nasal cavity nasopharynx does alter the normal resonating properties of the nasopharyngeal chamber causing snoring. The masses you are seeing are not polyps...  Read Full »

How to slow down the progression of bicuspid aortic valve and mouth breathing?

Query: Hello doctor, For the last one week, I am breathing through my mouth. I was told ARND six to seven years before in echo that my aorta valve is biscupid and it mildly leaks. So every one or one and half years I was doing echo and it was mild. Now yesterday, I again had an echo and the doctor said i...  Read Full »


Dr. Muhammad Zohaib Siddiq

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.cm. Bicuspid aortic valve is the most common congenital cardiac anomaly. It usually does not cause any symptoms or complications but occasionally, it may lead to aortic dilatation and aortic regurgitation. Nothing to worry right now. Only if you have hypertension it should...  Read Full »

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