The importance of breathing is often overlooked. Yet imbalances in the way we breathe affects body chemistry and blood pH, the first step in all diseases.
Ideally, we should breathe through our nose with our tongue resting on our palate. Our nose is designed to filter, warm and humidify the air we breathe. Dysfunctional breathing can have a huge impact on your sleep and it therefore affects your general health.
If we breathe through our mouth, our breathing is dysfunctional. Our upper and lower jaws may not develop to their full potential, the air will not be filtered, our bodies may be more acidic and our posture can also be affected.
We swallow around 2000 times/day ideally with the tongue resting on the roof of the mouth. In this way our upper jaw may develop to its full potential with enough room for our lower jaw and for all 32 teeth that nature has provided us. Mouth breathing or dysfunctional breathing affects whole-body health. In holistic dentistry, it is important to look at breathing disorders.