The Viral TikTok Mouth Taping Trend Is a Dangerous Disaster

By Erica Sweeney, Sept 22, 2022

People breathe through their mouths as a backup when they’re unable to breathe properly through their noses. “People tend to mouth-breathe because their noses are congested” from a cold, sinus infection, allergies, deviated septum, or enlarged tonsils or adenoids, says Alex Dimitriu, MD, who’s double board-certified in psychiatry and sleep medicine and founder of Menlo Park Psychiatry & Sleep Medicine and BrainfoodMD. “Often, nasal congestion gets worse when lying flat.”

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