Please Do Not Join TikTok’s Mouth Taping Trend
Submitted by New Jersey Snoring Solutions on Tue 01/24/2023 - 09:00
Snoring is a problem — so what is the solution? Some popular TikToks would suggest that mouth taping is a solution for snoring and other sleep and health issues. But mouth taping is not the solution. Here, Dr. Ivan Stein and Dr. Allan Stein of New Jersey Sleep Apnea Solutions set the record straight and explain why you should not join TikTok’s mouth taping trend.
TikTok’s Mouth Taping Trend Is Dangerous
Millions have viewed videos on TikTok touting the benefits of taping your mouth shut while you sleep. The idea behind mouth taping is that by restricting the mouth, a person will be forced to breathe through their nose while they sleep. Doing this is supposed to help with a number of sleep issues including mouth breathing, snoring and sleep apnea.
According to SleepFoundation.org, mouth taping may help with negative effects associated with mouth breathing. Per SleepFoundation.org, those who support mouth taping claim it may help reduce the negative effects thought to be associated with mouth breathing. This includes sleep-disordered breathing, bad breath and gum disease.
Mouth taping is dangerous. While information on mouth taping is limited, it is easy to understand how obstructing the mouth can be dangerous. Obstructing the mouth obstructs airflow which could cause a person to choke or suffocate during the night. Mouth taping may also cause damage to the skin on and around the lips.
Breathing Through Your Nose Is Healthy
The purpose of mouth taping is to encourage nose breathing. While the method is dangerous, the desired result can actually be healthy. According to the Cleveland Clinic, breathing through your nose has a number of benefits, including the following:
- Temperature control of air
- Filtering allergens and other toxins
- Humidifying the air you breathe
- Lowering blood pressure
- Reducing anxiety
- Detecting smells
New Jersey Sleep Apnea Solutions Offers Safe Treatment Options
If you are having issues with your breathing and sleep, then the talented and knowledgeable doctors at New Jersey Sleep Apnea Solutions are here to help. They offer patients a variety of safe and effective treatment options (no tape required).
Contact New Jersey Sleep Apnea Center Today
Just because something is trending, doesn’t mean it is safe. Please do not join TikTok’s mouth taping trend. If you are suffering from breathing or sleep issues, you should contact Dr. Stein and Dr. Stein at New Jersey Sleep Apnea Solutions. Call us today at (855) 949-7667 to schedule a consultation.