Mouth Taping for Good Health in Kids and Adults (no, I’m not joking)

Mouth Taping for Good Health in Kids and Adults (no, I’m not joking)

August 18, 2019 6 By William Morgan


it’s crazy but true my ten-year-old uses
this silk tape to keep his mouth closed
every night before going to bed and
we’re seeing tremendous results mouth
taping is something that’s becoming more
common it’s a super simple fix this rola
tape cost about two bucks and the reason
that mouth taping is becoming common at
night is because so many of our modern
problems are a result of mouth breathing
instead of nose breathing and a lot of
us for reasons I’ll get into in a minute
I’ve gotten in the habit of breathing
through our mouths more than our noses
and so this tape taping your mouth
closed at night is just a good reminder
to the body to breathe through the nose
and not through the mouth so the reason
we’re gonna go into a couple of reasons
why nose breathe breathing is better
than mouth breathing and how it’s our
normal physiological state so when we
breathe through our nose instead of over
our mouth or through our mouth you can
go ahead and do that right now so taking
a deep breath through your nose and then
through your mouth and you can just feel
how it pulls differently this even when
we breathe through our nose it’s using a
whole different muscle system in our
face and it actually if children
continue the habit which everyone’s born
with the habit it’s the natural state of
humans to breathe through their nose if
children continue breathing through
their nose instead of switching over
into mouth breathing which I’ll talk
about reasons why that happens and how
we can fix that a little bit later but
if they do that their whole facial
structure will change and this is
something that a lot of dentists are
getting on board with a lot of readers
have told me that oh yeah my dentist
recommended that I do this because not
only does breathing through your mouth
murmur through your nose with a closed
mouth let the teeth be bathed in saliva
which saliva naturally has compounds in
at the Reed
nice teeth and kind of repair cavities
that might start forming or prevent them
from forming in the first place but it
also changes the structure why do you
mean enough so that even kids that have
a habit of nose breathing a lot instead
of mouth reading might not even have to
have their wisdom teeth removed or they
might not have to have braces at all and
so this is such a little change and it’s
something that a lot of us don’t think
of air as anything other than
oxygenating our blood but the process of
pulling air through the nose it’s a
little bit harder there’s a little bit
more resistance and that can change the
whole facial structure and that really
affects our dentition and even how big
our chin becomes as well the second
thing that nose breathing does is it
doesn’t over oxygenate the prefrontal
cortex so when we breathe through our
mouth that’s our normal physiological
state for a foreign panic mode if we’re
in fight-or-flight or if it’s something
that we need to really activate and
there’s a lot of adrenaline going but if
we’re normally breathing through our
mouth even when we don’t need to be our
prefrontal cortex which is really the
part of the brain that’s affected by
alcohol so if you think of what alcohol
does that lowers our inhibition and
lowers our our ability to make good
decisions lowers our impulse control it
lowers our coordination and even our
cognition like our ability to execute
tasks like motor planning and when our
prefrontal cortex is over oxygenated
what happens is it gets fatigued it’s
like this is too much it’s not good for
it it’s not the normal physiological
state and it can start to shut down and
so this is where mouth breathing can
really affect our kids and it kinda can
look like a TD or attention deficit
disorder because if you think of if your
prefrontal cortex is affected and it’s
shutting down you’re not going to have
lack of impulse control you’re going to
have lack of coordination you’re going
to have lack of memory and all of that
stuff is super important so we can slow
down and kind of appropriately oxygenate
our brains and teach our kids to
appropriately oxygenate their brains by
encouraging nose breathing
/ mouth-breathing the third reason that
nose breathing is helpful and this is
something they didn’t even understand
until 1995 and this is something where
traditional medicine can really come
into play is that they learned that our
nitric oxide levels are really
influenced by our nasal sinuses and so
we get about a 10% increase in nitric
oxide when we breathe through our nose
versus when we breathe through our
mouths nitric oxide is an important
antimicrobial thing it’s important for
tumor suppression or cancer prevention
it’s important for opening Airways and
so nitric oxide is really creates that
positive feedback loop where if we start
because it does those open Airways if we
start breathing through our nose instead
of our mouth we get that boost in nitric
oxide and that further opens our Airways
and so if you kind of tend towards
having they’ve done studies with
allergic rhinitis which is like a runny
nose from allergies or if you tend
towards having mild asthma this is
definitely not something I would use for
an emergency asthma situation at all but
if you tend towards mild asthma or
exercise induced asthma that in that
increase that 10 or 20% increase in
nitric oxide can really just encourage
your Airways to stay open it can help
your immune system because it has those
antimicrobial agents and it’s just all
around it’s linked to everything from
pulmonary stuff to cardiac stuff to
cancer it’s just nitric oxide they could
bottle it and sell it to us in a pill
ten percent of what we make every day
and that pill would probably be hundreds
of dollars but we can get it ourselves
naturally while we sleep I just
encourage switching to nose breathing
instead of mouth breathing so that is
those are the three thing the throat
three reasons that I have found and this
is why I am encouraging my children to
nose nose breathe instead of mouth
breathe and we do this by just putting a
little bit of tape over their mouth to
remind them to keep those that mouth
closed and I’ll show you
at the end of this video if you are
wanting to do this and you’re thinking
there’s no way I’m going to be able o in
sleep apnea and snoring is another thing
that are tweeted can be treated
especially mild sleep apnea can be
helped a lot by a nose breathing / mouth
breathing just getting that nitric oxide
to get those Airways up when you breathe
through your nose it’s a whole different
set of muscles that doesn’t encourage
that tongue to fall back like in
obstructive sleep apnea and so it’s
being able to switch and switching that
habit over is something that can really
help this lifelong problem if you think
there’s no way you could nose breathe B
because your nose is always plugged up
if you can clear it and violate rinsing
with saline like a neti pot because we
just learned that that nitric oxide is
increased when we’re breathing air
through a sinuses and it’s a really
absorbable form of nitric oxide it’s not
like we could take this in a pill and
had the same effect but it’s a really
easily absorbed form that goes into our
blood stream and exactly to where we
need it right from our sinuses make this
if you do that then your Airways once
you start breathing through your nose
they will continue to close or continue
to stay open which will kind of create
that positive feedback loop and help you
get deeper sleep help you get open
Airways help you just feel better and
not be in that fight-or-flight mode like
a lot of people suffer from anxiety or
even PTSD and getting out of that
fight-or-flight mode through through
nose breathing can make a huge
difference and so that just calms the
whole body down and then that nose
breathing is kind of encouraged and
continued through your sleep and it’s
definitely something you can be mindful
of if you don’t want to start by taping
your mouth it’s something that you can
be mindful of during the day as well so
running a warm mist humidifier warm
moist air has been shown to also help
sleep apnea symptoms they’re thinking
that is through there’s been a study
that showed that through encourage nose
breathing / mouth breathing having the
air
a little bit like I tend to sleep with
it really cool but I’ve been running a
warmest humidifier in the bedrooms and I
found that that’s helped or taking like
a warm shower and just getting those
sinuses clear at night and then
practicing nose breathing as much as you
can during the day and so for my kids my
ten-year-old thinks this is great he
loves all of the little health
experience that I experiments that I do
especially when they don’t involve
eating food that he perceives to be not
awesome so he happily uses he uses this
silk tape because he was allergic to
this less expensive surgical tape so
this is more hypoallergenic silk tape he
does his own mouth up he just uses a
piece about this big at night and he
does his own mouth up before he goes to
bed every night and the the goal with
mouth tape some people will say you want
to seal I don’t I don’t want to seal my
kids mouth like that’s just something
that makes me a little nervous and it
kind of makes me feel claustrophobic so
just knowing that it’s a reminder not a
seal is how I use it my daughter that
has special needs and she’s 12 years old
she’s not such a fan of the mouth tape
she can’t go to sleep with it on it’s
just like a it bothers her as a sensory
thing so what I do is when I check on
her before I go to bed I just do a
little strip like this up and down on
her mouth so it’s not it’s not sealing
again across it’s just up and down and
then she keeps that on she doesn’t keep
it on all night she takes it off after a
couple hours or so but it’s still
training that and I have noticed since
we’ve been doing that at night her dark
circles are a lot better if you look in
some of our pictures and our other
videos you can see that she has had
those dark circles her sleep is a lot
better she’s of all of my kids she
thrashes around the most at night like
if we’re all in a hotel room usually she
gets her own bed because she’s such a
active sleeper and snoring and all of
that I notice that she lays completely
still she seems to be much more as much
better rested like at school they’re
showing or
they’re seen kind of improvement and her
ability to try new things and all of
that sort of thing just by putting that
little piece of tape on her mouth at
night encouraging that nose breathing
and then what I’ve noticed during the
day is that I’m seeing a lot more closed
mouth posture which is something that
occupational therapists will try to do
I’m not even sure why occupation will do
it but therapists do it but it’s kind of
supposed to be our normal physiological
state and so they will try to include
encourage that closed mouth posture and
I notice it more nose breathing from her
during the day which again will help
keep her more calm a lot of our sensory
kids or kids that have special needs can
get a little amped up but were
stimulated and so that nitric oxide that
we talked about earlier is really good
for keeping her calm not over
oxygenating that prefrontal cortex till
her impulse control is better I’m just
like seeing tons and tons of benefits
just from this little $2.00 roll of tape
and she’s not even wearing it all night
and then my littlest guy he’s not five
yet I don’t feel comfortable taping his
mouth closed just because he is younger
my older kids 10 and 12 I feel like not
only are we not sealing it like they can
force their mouth open and it will open
so like people are concerned if they had
to throw up at night or if their nose
got unexpectedly blocked at night that
they would suffocate or it would be a
traumatic experience for them they can
open their mouths right up just their
jaws are strong enough my little guy I’m
not quite comfortable doing that so what
I do is if we have screen time or if
it’s quiet time or like if we’re
watching a movie the rule is if the
movies on the tape stays on and the
mouth stays closed so I’m just kind of
reinforcing that closed mouth breathing
through the nose with him for about an
hour every day and then I do tie it to a
motivating thing which he’s quite
motivated to watch like
animal-mechanicals or whatever he’s into
you at the time and so this is kind of
something that’s easy for him to comply
with as well and then I’ve noticed that
that also it just it gives it get
trained in to have
so quickly that this is something that
he’s been able to do really well and
then he’s also benefiting because I did
move that humidifier into his room and
whenever I go check on them at night I
do notice his mouth is closed and I
think keeping that humidifier on even if
you don’t want to do the mouth tape can
really is something in a warm mist
humidifier is something that can
encourage nose breathing and encourage
younger children especially to continue
nose breathing just by keeping that nose
open and so that’s what we do it’s just
a very quick a reminder not a seal and
then you can see you can just open it
you can open your mouth really easily if
this is if you find you yourself opening
your mouth and breathing through your
mouth you might want to do two more but
it’s not such strong tape that it’s
gonna leave like residue in the morning
and if it does you can just use a little
olive oil or a little face lotion and
the residue will come right off so I
just wanted to tell you about mouth tape
encouraging nose breathing it’s one of
those things that’s free our body makes
nitric oxide we just have to breathe
correctly and be able to get that so I’m
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