Is Mouth Tape a Trend You Should Try?

Is Mouth Tape a Trend You Should Try?

Mouth Taping might be the top trend of 2023. Taping your mouth shut at night can be beneficial for people who breathe through their mouth while sleeping. When you breathe through your mouth, it can lead to snoring, dry mouth, and other health issues. So would anyone tape their mouth shut while they sleep, when it seems so counterintuitive? When taping your mouth shut, you can encourage yourself to breathe through your nose, which is a more natural and beneficial way to breathe while sleeping.

Let’s dive into the negative effects that mouth breathing can have on your both oral health and overall health. Here are some of the dangers of mouth breathing:

  1. Dental problems: Mouth breathing can lead to a dry mouth, which can increase the risk of cavities, gum disease, and bad breath. The lack of saliva can also reduce the mouth’s natural ability to neutralize acid and repair damaged enamel.
  2. Facial deformities: Prolonged mouth breathing can alter the development of the face and jaws, leading to narrow dental arches, crooked teeth, and other facial deformities.
  3. Sleep problems: Mouth breathing can interfere with proper sleep by causing snoring, sleep apnea, and other breathing problems. This can lead to daytime fatigue, poor concentration, and other health issues.
  4. Respiratory infections: Mouth breathing can increase the risk of respiratory infections such as bronchitis, pneumonia, and sinusitis. This is because the air is not properly filtered and humidified when it is breathed in through the mouth.
  5. Dry and sore throat: Mouth breathing can cause the throat to become dry and sore, which can make swallowing and speaking uncomfortable.
  6. Reduced physical performance: Mouth breathing can lead to a reduction in physical performance due to the decreased oxygen intake and increased effort required to breathe.

I want to point out that it is important to note that the effects of mouth breathing can vary depending on the individual and the duration and severity of the mouth breathing. However, if you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s important to talk to a healthcare professional.

Before you go it is important to look at the research behind any current health and wellness trend. So check out the most recent studies on Mouth Taping.

  1. A 2017 study published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine found that mouth taping can improve nasal breathing, reduce snoring, and increase blood oxygen levels in people with obstructive sleep apnea.
  2. Another study published in the journal Sleep and Breathing in 2019 found that mouth taping can improve sleep quality and reduce daytime sleepiness in people with mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea.
  3. In 2020, a review article published in the Journal of Sleep Research examined the use of mouth taping as a non-pharmacological treatment for snoring and sleep apnea. The article concluded that mouth taping can be an effective treatment option for some people, but more research is needed to fully understand its benefits and risks.
  4. A case report published in the Journal of Dental Sleep Medicine in 2021 described a patient who experienced a rare but serious side effect of mouth taping: aspiration pneumonia. This highlights the importance of proper monitoring and guidance when using mouth taping as a sleep aid.

**Just a reminder you’ll never see me promote something I don’t believe in or use. And please remember The Modern Practitioner and the materials on here are not intended to treat, diagnose, cure or prevent any disease. All material is provided is for educational purposes only. Please seek the advice of your physician or another qualified healthcare provider for any questions.

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