Why is it so important to breathe through our nose? It seems obvious but I’ve been noticing more and more of my patients are mouth breathers due to airway problems. The role of the nose is to purify and humidify the air so that the lungs don’t get shocked. It also filters the air by drawing nitric oxide from the sinuses which disinfects it prior to it traveling to the lungs. Mouth breathing on the other hand takes 60-65% of the moisture from the mouth and delivers cold, dirty air to the tonsils and lungs. There is also 20% more oxygen in the air from the nose than the mouth. The nose is mother nature’s organ for breathing not the mouth. If you feel like you’re not breathing through your nose 90-95% of the time, give us a call to find out how we can help 310-205-0900.