Academy of Dentistry International Fellow, Dr. Don Shaw Reviews the Trouble with Mouth Breathing.

Dr. Don Shaw, partner and co-owner of Bess & Shaw Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, reveals some of the ill health effects that can occur as a result of mouth breathing and how to seek help to correct it.

Beaumont, TX, March 22, 2016: Co-owner and partner of Bess & Shaw Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, Don Shaw, DDS posted a new article on his website entitled, Mouth Breathing, Mucous Buildup and Gas Deprivation. Breathing is something most people do naturally, however, as Dr. Shaw says there is a right and a wrong way to breathe.

don shawShaw writes, “Human beings are designed to breathe in and out through our nostrils. Not through our mouths.” He continues adding, “So many things can be disrupted and go wrong when you can’t breathe through your nose. For instance, your sense of smell becomes stifled.”

According to Shaw, “Not being able to smell can be irritating and, because your sense of smell and taste buds are connected, it can become harder to taste foods too. When your smell and taste senses are limited, your appetite and your ability to know when you are full, in other words, your satiety levels can become distorted.” Not surprisingly, writes Shaw, “This can greatly affect someone with dietary struggles or weight problems.”

“In children who breathe through the mouth,” says Shaw, “the jaw does not develop properly and if not corrected can lead to a lifetime of behavioral, learning and illness challenges.” He offers a scientific explanation about one event that happens to mouth breathers. Shaw writes, “Here’s one scientific reason why as published on “When we don’t breathe through our noses we are limiting a gas called nitric oxide. Nitric oxide, while sounding a bit scary, is actually really beneficial to our respiratory system. Our noses and sinus mucous membranes make this gas, and when it is inhaled, it helps our lungs absorb oxygen, which then increases the oxygen absorption in our lungs by 10-25%. Not only does it help us absorb oxygen, but it also can kill bacteria, viruses, and other germs. Depriving ourselves of this gas can cause a lot of health concerns. In fact, nitric oxide has been found to help memory and behavior, assist the immune system in fighting off bacteria, regulate blood pressure, reduce inflammation, improve sleep quality, increase endurance and strength, and assist in gastric motility. On top of all of that, nitric oxide has shown to have cardiovascular benefits. When we mouth-breathe, we deprive ourselves of this gas that is so beneficial to our bodies.” (

The entire article can be read at

About Dr. Shaw

Dr. Don Shaw graduated from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio in 1981. Prior to dental school he attended Texas A&M univ. and Angelo State University.  Dr. Shaw has been practicing general dentistry and orthodontics for 34 years. He has been in the Beaumont area for the last 13 yrs. Since he began practicing dentistry Dr. Shaw has kept up to date in all areas of continuing education.

He has a passion for mission dentistry, serving in Peru and throughout Mexico. Dr. Shaw is a member of state and national dental organizations and has served as a delegate to the Texas Dental Association, Peer Review Chairman, and a board member of the Dental Society of Southeast Texas.  In 2008 he was inducted as a Fellow of the Academy of Dentistry International for the advancement of dentistry worldwide. He has been married to his wife Peggy for 41 yrs. and has two grown children and two grandchildren.

About Bess & Shaw Family and Cosmetic Dentistry

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