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Should You Try Mouth Taping?


Some of us remember our parents telling us if we don’t stop saying unkind things, we might get our mouths taped closed. But while this anecdotal childhood punishment may seem unkind itself, mouth taping is becoming a trend- but not for the reasons you may think.


You see, according to some popular TikTok videos, mouth taping is a solution to snoring, or more specifically to the mouth breathing that causes snoring. But while taping your mouth closed while you sleep may seem like an easy snoring solution to some, is it safe?  Here’s what you need to know about the mouth taping trend.


If you sleep with a partner, you likely already know if you snore and if you do you’ve probably sought a solution to it. A new viral TikTok is claiming that using porous medical tape to keep the mouth closed will force you to breathe mostly through your nose, eliminating snoring, and believe it or not, it actually works.


That’s the good news. The bad news is, mouth taping can be really dangerous. Especially if your snoring is caused by sleep apnea.


So, what can you do if you snore and want to stop? There, unfortunately, isn’t a magic fix- all but the first step you should take is to speak to your doctor to begin the journey to find out why you snore. If it’s from mouth breathing, there could be a medical solution such as sinus surgery. Another reason behind your snoring could be weight-related, in which case getting on a diet and exercise regimen may help.


Of course, yet another reason you could be snoring is due to sleep apnea. Even if you don’t think you have sleep apnea, getting a sleep test from a physician is always a good idea to rule out any problems and get you on the right path to wellness.


If you would like to be evaluated for sleep apnea, contact Dr. Peterson for more information about where to go and what to expect. Once you receive a sleep apnea diagnosis, Dr. Peterson will be here to help you with sleep apnea solutions like sleep orthotics that help keep your mouth positioned correctly so your airway stays open while you sleep. To learn more, contact Dr. Peterson’s office today!


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