Talk:Mouth breathing

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what the hell does this have to do with Deleted.

"Sufferers of halitosis or bad breath also do themselves little service by mouth breathing."
This actually may not be true as breathing through the mouth introduces oxygen which may ward off anaerobic bacteria that cause halitosis in the first place. Might want to consider removing this statement or finding a reference for it (or perhaps finding a reference for the fact that mouth breathing may help fight off halitosis).
No, this is definitely true. Dry mouth is one of the leading causes of halitosis, and excessive mouth-breathing causes dry mouth. NTK 02:17, 10 October 2006 (UTC)
I'm gonna disagree though. My whole life my nose has been too obstructed to effectively breathe through it, and I've never had a cavity... Nothing can grow in the mouth without darkness, wetness, and warmness.. a dried-out mouth is a sterile mouth.
This is a subjective opinion and bears no more relevance to the discussion than NTK's.StephenPCook (talk) 16:43, 23 October 2009 (UTC)

(removed abusive comment by IP user, possibly troll)--Metalhead94 (talk) 06:02, 26 June 2009 (UTC) my step son is a mouth breather. so as he eats he keeps his mouth open. it is hard for him to eat with his mouth closed how can we fix this. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 14:13, 7 February 2010 (UTC)


I mouth-breathed when i was younger and was told that this was the cause of a large gap between my top and bottom teeth. Should this be added? Is it even true? Rosa.blaus 21:47, 19 July 2006 (UTC)

As a matter of fact, yes it does —Preceding unsigned comment added by StephenPCook (talkcontribs) 17:22, 23 October 2009 (UTC)


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What's the treatment?[edit]

Mention of treatments needed. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 18:32, 1 June 2011 (UTC)

"This term [mouthbreathing] is widespread as a pejorative in America"

Nope... been here 20 years and haven't heard anyone say this word. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 03:50, 31 October 2011 (UTC)

Yeah right. Your isolated, anecdotical subjective experience trumps evidence of massive popularity easily obtainable through a search engine of your choice (try "mouthbreather" as term). Suuure. *rollseyes* I see it used over and over in political debates. --Florian Blaschke (talk) 15:49, 5 June 2014 (UTC)

Complementary and Alternative claims[edit]

I believe this article should address widespread claims made online of over-exaggerated adverse effects of mouth breathing mentioned by, say, proponents of the Buteyko Method (see that article). This information would aid a person searching on Google about this topic, who may be misinformed by the seemingly incredibly problematic - but unscientifically supported - claims made by the sites they see like (talk) 18:49, 19 January 2012 (UTC)

Well, our job isn't to intentionally provide information that debunks fringe or questionable claims. The Buteyko Method article already seems to do a good job showing that it's a highly specious claim. However, for this article, I did just remove a whole bunch of uncited claims about the negative health effects of mouth-breathing (one claim about children was sourced, so I left it, but if anyone doubts the source is up to snuff, feel free to take it out as well). If there are reliable sources (probably ones that meet WP:MEDRS) that say mouth-breathing is normal, or has no adverse effects, or whatever, then we could include those. Let us know if you find some. Qwyrxian (talk) 01:01, 20 January 2012 (UTC)

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Are there citations for these Notables? It could be construed as slander otherwise. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 03:35, 16 February 2012 (UTC)

I've removed them. Contentious or challenge-able material about living people should always be removed per WP:BLP; truthfully, I think that was just regular vandalism. Qwyrxian (talk) 08:18, 16 February 2012 (UTC)

Social vs medical[edit]

Does anyone really care about the social aspects of this issue, and to present only the social is not a balanced world view nor is it informative. A complete picture would focus less on the perjurative and more on the medical and biological aspects of this issue. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 20:59, 9 May 2012 (UTC)

I agree that if more medical sources are available, we should include info about that. Do you happen to know of any? Qwyrxian (talk) 03:23, 10 May 2012 (UTC)

Influence of milk in mouth breathing[edit]

Several studies have shown that cow's milk causes an abnormal quantity of mucus and also influences in the development of adenoid hypertrophy. [Unreliable fringe source?] — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 01:09, 26 February 2014 (UTC)

Hi, can't see any mention of adenoid hypertrophy in that article, which by the way is not a reliable source for medical content (see WP:MEDRS). Generally speaking, need medical textbook or review articles which have been published in a peer review journal. Here is a good resource for the latter: [1], whereas google books is a good way of searching medical textbooks. Also any source would have to directly link milk consumption with mouth breathing, and not require original research on the part of Wikipedia editors to indirectly link it to mouth breathing. Kind regards, Lesion (talk) 14:06, 26 February 2014 (UTC)


Mouth breathing is proved scientifically to cause long face syndrome, malloclussions and causes low oxygen levels also.

It's like saying "Einstein's relativity suggest that..." there is no suggest because is not an hypothesis or an unproven theory.

Also "a long thin face may cause mouth breathing rather than the other way around" that's a fallacy and of course it's not true.

Where is the evidence? Please feel free to provide reliable sources. Matthew Ferguson 57 (talk) 17:49, 18 December 2014 (UTC)