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Posted: June 18, 2019
WE ALL KNOW WHAT it’s like to have a cold, with a nose so stuffy that you can’t breathe through it. At times like that, we breathe through our mouths instead, and that’s pretty much how it should work. Mouth-breathing is an emergency backup, not the default. There are many negative effects of mouth-breathing full-time, particularly if the habit begins in childhood.
Why Does Mouth-Breathing Become A Habit?
Many things can lead to a mouth-breathing habit. A small child might get a cold and then simply continue breathing through his mouth when his nose clears. A problem with bite alignment can make it difficult to keep the mouth closed. Persistent allergies, overly large tonsils, or a deviated septum could make nose-breathing difficult or impossible most of the time. Fortunately, these problems can often be solved by Myofunctional therapy and sometimes the combination of Myofunctional therapy and orthodontic treatment or surgery.
Why Mouth-Breathing Is A Problem
In the short term, mouth-breathing leads to a variety of issues, including:
The negative effects of mouth-breathing don’t stop in the short-term. They can actually be life-altering, particularly when the habit begins in childhood and goes unchecked.
If you have kids or have friends with kids, this video may be the most important 3 minutes and 37 seconds of your day!
The Benefits Of Nose-Breathing
Breathing through the nose doesn’t just help you avoid the effects of mouth-breathing; it comes with additional benefits too! Here are just a few of them:
Need Help Building Healthier Breathing Habits?
If you or your child has a mouth-breathing habit, it can be tricky to break, especially if the cause is a physical obstruction that requires treatment. Schedule a dental exam right away so the cause can be detected and you can get on the road to healthier breathing and all the benefits that come with it! We can help you to build a team to redirect growth and minimize the problems caused my mouth breathing. We even have a Myofunctional therapist on board at Aesthetic Dentistry of Georgetown to retrain proper muscle function and posture!
We are often told that we are such a valuable resource for health of our dental family and the people here in Georgetown, and this is one of the things that we take very seriously! It has been overlooked and downplayed by dentistry for far too long! Do your kids a favor, and you can help them live a significantly happier and healthier life! Run a quick test over the next week:
Take a look at your children while they are sitting quietly in the morning, mid-day, and at night. Is their mouth resting open?
Listen at their door while they are asleep. Can you hear them snore?
Quietly peek in and look at their sweet faces while they sleep. Is their mouth open?
If the answer is yes to any of the above, it is important to find out if there is any airway blockage that is making it hard for them to breathe. The consequences of this little test will last the rest of their lives!
Let us know if we can help!