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Breathing Through the Nose Means Better Bones

Updated: Jun 1, 2023

The way we breathe can have a significant impact on our overall health and well-being, and a good airway is fundamental for thriving. In particular, nose breathing has been shown to have a positive impact on bone structure, especially during development, while mouth breathing can lead to a narrow maxilla, a longer face, bimax retrusion, and/or sleep apnea. Mouth breathing can lead to a multitude of ailments. Let's explore the ways in which breathing affects bone structure and how a miracle procedure, double-jaw surgery can help alleviate so many symptoms that are associated with a poor airway.

Nose breathing has been shown to have a positive impact on the formation of the skull. The nasal cavity is lined with delicate mucous membranes that are rich in blood vessels, which help to humidify, filter, and warm the air we breathe. When we breathe through the nose, the air is forced to travel through these mucous membranes, which results in a greater amount of oxygen being absorbed into the bloodstream.

Further, this increased oxygenation of the blood can lead to a number of benefits for the bones. One of the primary ways that nose breathing affects bone structure is through the stimulation of osteoblasts, which are the cells responsible for building and maintaining bone tissue. When we breathe through the nose, the increased oxygenation of the blood stimulates the osteoblasts, which in turn leads to increased bone formation. This can result in a higher bone density.

Another way that nose breathing affects bone structure is through the reduction of stress on the body. When we breathe through the nose, we reduce the stress on the respiratory system. This not only benefits the formation of the jaws but can lead to a reduction in inflammation throughout the body, which can help to prevent the development of conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis.

The fact that double jaw surgery can lead to better breathing means it can negate the need for countless medications or appliances and compound health throughout a patient's life.

On the other hand, a narrow airway or sleep apnea is a condition in which a person's breathing is repeatedly interrupted during sleep. This can lead to fatigue, high blood pressure, and heart disease. Alfi Oral Surgery offers a number of treatments for sleep apnea, including oral appliances and surgery. Oral appliances are a non-invasive option that can be used to treat mild to moderate sleep apnea. They work by repositioning the jaw and tongue to keep the airway open during sleep. However these appliances can be uncomfortable to wear, difficult to use, and cannot promise optimal results.

For patients with sleep apnea, Alfi Oral Surgery may recommend surgery. This is because it's clear that a great airway can prevent a multitude of ongoing costly treatments and medications. The increased oxygenation of the blood that occurs when we breathe well can lead to improved bone density and reduced risk of illness. Additionally, nose breathing can help to reduce stress on the body and improve overall health and well-being. The airway is the pathway to thriving.

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