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In Through the Nose, Out Through the Mouth

Breathing is something many of us take for granted. Going about our daily lives, we don't really need to think about it. We do it automatically after all so it doesn't require much thought. But you might be struggling more than you think. For some, breathing regularly through their nose can be quite difficult, which can force them to breath exclusively through their mouth and be a sign of a blocked airway.

Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) is a result of an underdeveloped jaw and can leave airways less open than they ideally should be. TMD can affect your breathing by leaving inadequate space in the mouth for the tongue to rest properly and by fostering a forward head posture (FHP) that leaves your airway partially blocked.


By breathing through the mouth, you miss out on the benefits of nose-breathing. While it may seem irrelevant, there is actually a significant difference in the quality of air you breathe depending on which airway you favor. For example, breathing through the nose grants advantages such as:

  • Resistance in the air stream. Perhaps counterintuitive at first, the resistance that breathing through your nose provides increases the uptake of oxygen by your lungs by maintaining their elasticity.
  • Warming cool air. By breathing through your nose rather than your mouth, your body is able to greatly affect the temperature of the air stream. Breathing air closer in temperature to your natural body temperature produces less strain on the lungs and is more soothing as well.
  • Adding moisture. The nose adds moisture to the air which prevents your lungs from feeling dried out. Adding moisture to the air you breathe is also beneficial because it doesn't lead to dry mouth the way mouth-breathing does.
  • Filtering. The nose filters the air you breathe by utilizing small hairs to trap dust and microorganisms. A feature that your mouth doesn't have.

Exclusively breathing through the mouth not only may be a sign of TMD or FHP but it can also lead to things such as snoring, bad breath and dry mouth too which impact your oral health and can lead to gingivitis and cavities.

Looking to Breathe Easier?

Call and schedule an appointment with Dr. Buck today at (425) 409-2086 or visit our contact page to learn more about how your breathing habits could be affecting your oral health and whether it is a result of TMD and FHP. 

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Epigenetic Orthodontics can open and protect the airway enhancing breathing both during sleep and awake activities.

Dr. Buck practices a philosophy that integrates airway into all diagnosis and treatments. Dentistry has traditionally not considered the airway when planning dental treatments. Fortunately, today there is a rapidly growing movement that now recognizes how dentistry can have an impact on the airway which affects breathing during sleep. If dental treatments, including TMJ, orthopedic and orthodontics are well planned the result can be that the airway is protected or even enhanced. There is a clear link between underdeveloped and retruded jaws together with narrow dental arches that puts a patient at risk for sleep breathing disorders.

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WOW! A 54% decrease in forward head posture; 164% increase in the antero-posterior size of the airway; 176% increase in the lateral size of the airway all from epigenetically centered jaw development orthopedics. This is the future of orthodontics!​