Home / May is Mouth Breathing Awareness Month

Mouth breathing is an underdiagnosed and under-discussed health issue that I believe we all need to be paying much closer attention to. Whether you are reading about this as a parent, a healthcare provider, or an adult who has spent your entire life breathing through your mouth, you need to know why it’s such a big deal.

That’s why I’m launching this Mouth Breathing Awareness Month campaign – to bring awareness to a topic that sounds funny to most people.

If you are a “mouth breather”, this is not something to be embarrassed about!

It’s something that you should understand and learn more about in just the same way you would with any other health concern. It’s important to take charge of your own symptoms and become more familiar with the risks and problems associated with mouth breathing.

Did you know that mouth breathing is a risk factor for sleep apnea? Or that if you breathe through your mouth, you are more likely to have allergies, inflammation, and changes to your digestion?

Ten years ago, I didn’t know any of these things and I was trained as a dental hygienist. What’s even worse is that I learned that I was a mouth breather myself.

Mouth Breathing Awareness Month

Why Is Mouth Breathing Bad?

Mouth breathing is a red flag for so many other health conditions including:

  • Sleep disordered breathing
  • Sleep apnea
  • Allergies
  • Impaired craniofacial development
  • TMJ disorders
  • Digestive problems
  • Speech problems
  • Asthma
  • Periodontal disease
  • Dental cavities
  • Tongue-tie
  • Orthodontic complications

Get Involved With Mouth Breathing Awareness Month!

I’d love to have you get involved with Mouth Breathing Awareness Month and help me spread the word.

I’ll be sharing information about mouth breathing every day in the month of May! You can find my daily posts across my social media channels listed below.

If you share this information with family and friends, your dentist, pediatrician, physician or other health providers, you’ll be helping to increase the awareness about the effects of mouth breathing.

You can make a huge difference!

If you believe in this cause, I’d love to have you join me by taking a pledge to share your own mouth breathing-related facts, interview, stories, and research for the 31 days of May.

My Social Media Accounts Are:

Get Help

If you or someone in your family mouth breathes during the day or at night, or even if your mouth is open just a little bit, you should talk to a myofunctional therapist. Find a local therapist or reach out to us. We’d be happy to point you in the right direction.

What If You’re A Healthcare Professional?

In addition to sharing my posts on your own social media channels, you can help out even more by sharing this information to your colleagues and patients. Becoming familiar with the effects of mouth breathing and learning to recognize the signs and symptoms will allow you to help even more people than you already do.

My YouTube channel is filled with videos that can give you a real grounding in the subject of mouth breathing. There are a number of articles on mouth breathing on this site (here and here for example). And if you’d like to get training in the field of myofunctional therapy, take a look at my other website for information on my mentoring programs: