Breathing masks create a false sense of security. They are not very effective and only protect against infections when used correctly. Nasal breathing, on the other hand, is the ever-present, natural front line against corona and other viruses, bacteria, pollen and much more that attack health.
Life-essential oxygen can reach the lungs via the mouth or nose. Although both work, it is by no means irrelevant whether we breathe through the mouth or the nose. Only nasal breathing can ensure a high quality of the air we breathe and naturally provide protective functions to prevent disease. On its way through the nasal passages, the air is cleaned, warmed and moistened. Viruses, bacteria, pollen and dust get caught in the nasal mucus and in more than 30 000 small flesh hairs of the nasal conchae. It is hardly possible for the disease causers to overcome this safety system. Once trapped, they can no longer penetrate the body. Instead, they are blown out again or transported to the stomach when swallowed, where they are destroyed by stomach acid.
Much less known, but equally influential on health, are the effects of nasal breathing on the brain and nervous system: the close relationship between nasal breathing and smelling plays a role here. We are able to smell via the so-called olfactory bulb, which is a part or protrusion of the brain and extends to the upper nose. Via it and also via remote effects of the nose, influences that stabilise our immune system and ward off diseases are constantly maintained.
Mouth breathing is dangerous
In contrast to the positive effects of nasal breathing, mouth breathing has exclusively harmful effects. People who breathe regularly or frequently through the mouth lack important defence functions to protect their health. Pathogens can enter the mouth, throat and lungs unhindered and spread throughout the body via this route. There is also a measurable reduction in the oxygen supply in the blood and in the body cells. The immune system is constantly weakened. Overall, mouth breathers are therefore more frequently and more severely affected by diseases.
Am I mouth breather?
Many people are affected by mouth breathing without being aware of it. Often those affected are able to breathe through their nose, but they change their breathing even under slight stress and especially during sleep.
- Open mouth position – even slightly open cleft lips
- Change from nasal to oral breathing at low stress
- Nocturnal or diurnal dry mouth
- Blocked nasal passages
- Frequent caries formation, early tooth loss
- Common infectious diseases
- Hearing impairments
- Nocturnal breathing stops (sleep apnoea)
- Cardiovascular diseases
- Metabolic disorders
It is highly probable that many diseases are causally related to mouth breathing. However, such connections between causes and signs of illness (symptoms) are rarely recognised. If the causes of a disease remain and only symptoms are treated, the effects of a disease can be mitigated but not eliminated. Since oral respiration has been present since early childhood in most cases, the consequences also have an effect at a young age. Frequent infectious diseases, disturbances in speech development, incorrect phonation, middle ear inflammation, nasal polyps, malpositioned teeth and many more are typical signs. Adults often have chronic diseases, early hearing disorders, tinnitus, snoring and nocturnal breathing stops, problems with biting, jaw joints and pain in the face, head, neck and back regions. Brain researchers have also found effects on thinking and concentration, and there are even suspected links to the development of dementia, inflammatory diseases and carcinoma in the body.
FaceFormer training therapy provides relief
It is not possible to give up harmful breathing either by good intentions or by using mouthguards, by taping or tying up the mouth. Even operations do not change it and often have harmful consequences for the entire functional system of nose, mouth and throat.
Mouth breathing is a learned and long-standing habitual behaviour. Due to insufficient use of the nose, necessary skills have not been sufficiently developed or have atrophied. Constant efforts, usually lasting for years, to improve this condition by using nasal sprays or nasal rinses remain unsuccessful. Also many advertised breathing techniques do not provide any remedy, because they neglect decisive biological orientation. Among other things, they recommend changing the airway during inhalation and exhalation. They achieve neither an improvement of the airways nor a change to correct breathing behaviour.
Necessary changes to a functioning, automated nasal breathing can only be achieved by neurophysiological exercise programs. FaceFormer Training Therapy was developed especially for this purpose and for adjusting equally important posture and movement patterns in the mouth and throat area. With an exercise device, the FaceFormer, regular training is carried out over a given period of time. When this has resulted in resistance-free breathing through the nose and the breathing behaviour has been changed, the newly learned skills are correctly retained over the long term – even without training. The natural breathing through the nose is successful day and night. A successful recipe for shielding against pathogens, allergies, snoring, nightly breathing stops and many other diseases. Also fitness training for general health and to improve performance.
Frontline of the airways
The first part of our article series on mouth breathing deals with the influence of oral respiration on infection with viruses and bacteria. Natural nasal breathing significantly improves protection against infection.