Take a Deep Breath

Take a Deep Breath

Posted by Dr. Abeyta on Jul 16 2021, 12:06 AM

Take a deep breath to change the way you feel physically, emotionally and mentally as well.  Deep breathing releases anxiety in stressful situations such as work, busy schedules and dental visits. Dr. Abeyta and her staff offer you the tool of deep breathing as an extension of caring about your overall well-being.

Benefits of deep breathing include: 

  • Relaxation
  • Improved ability to handle stress.
  • Improved ability to regulate emotions.
  • Better posture which will allow the lungs to expand more which in turn will relax muscles.
  • Balance brain chemistry by increasing the levels of ‘feel good’ hormones while decreasing stress hormones.

But I Have Trouble Taking a Deep Breath

If you have trouble taking a deep breath it may be because you are a mouth breather vs. a nose breather.  People who breathe through their mouth tend to take quick, shallow breaths.  Whereas, people who breathe through their nose tend to take deep breaths, filling and expanding the belly.

Sometimes, breathing through the mouth is necessary when you are experiencing nasal congestion or during strenuous exercise.  However, breathing through the mouth all the time, including when you sleep, can lead to:

  • Cavities
  • Gums disease
  • Narrow jaws
  • Crowded teeth
  • Sleep apnea
  • Snoring
  • Shortening of airways
  • Overall poor health
  • Elongated facial structure

Treatment of mouth breathing

If you are a mouth breather, talk to your dentist. Dentists are in a unique position to diagnose mouth breathing issues. A general practitioner may not have any reason to pay particular attention to your breathing patterns, whereas a dentist has far more opportunities. Choosing a dentist trained to identify and diagnose airway issues could save you from a whole host of health issues that may otherwise go undiagnosed.

While you are working through treatment to repattern your breathing, maintain good oral hygiene by brushing thoroughly twice a day and flossing daily to remove plaque and cavity-forming bacteria. Regular check-ups with your dentist will also help catch and fix problems early on when they are small, before they become bigger, more painful, and costly.

Call today to set up your appointment with Dr. Abeyta at (505)-293-7611.

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