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Does you or your child breathe with their mouth open?

Not everyone breathes properly. Recent research indicates that the way a person breathes can have a great impact on his or her future health and physical appearance. With normal breathing, air passes through the nose, but many children find nasal breathing difficult and must breathe through their mouths. 

When a person breathes through his or her mouth, it circumvents nature's filter apparatus and places greater strain on the heart and lungs, due to the presence of minute impurities in the air. Consequently, mouth-breathing has been associated with a greater incidence of enlarged hearts, fluid in the lungs, and heart failure.

Mouth-breathing is generally caused by one or more of four types of problems:

  • Enlarged Adenoids and or Tonsils
  • Underdeveloped nasal passages
  • Nasal blockage caused by allergies, swollen tissue, or other obstructions such as polyps
  • Lower jaw and tongue positioned improperly

 

NORMAL BREATHING PATTERNS
Breathing through the nasal passages is the correct way humans have been designed to breathe, it aids in warming the air and developing beneficial bodily functions. Many children have been developing poor breathing practices, such as mouth breathing and this in turn has shown a demonstrated increase in health problems. If mouth breathing persists it can affect the body in a negative way, such as lower oxygen rates and stunted development of the brain and muscles.

MOUTH BREATHING AND ADHD IN CHILDREN
Most people believe that mouth breathing in children is a normal part of growing up and eventually they will grow out of the practice, but this is usually incorrect.
Experts are only now uncovering the long-term health issues related to sleep disorders and how they can cause ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder).
Poor sleep patterns, improper jaw alignments and bad breathing habits all contribute to the problems associated with ADHD. ADHD is consistently being diagnosed in children who have bad sleeping habits, with around 9% of cases needing medication to treat it.

CHILDHOOD TOOTH DEVELOPMENT
Jawbones have been developed to house all the facial structures, this includes: teeth, mouth, airways and other soft tissues. A normal developed jawbone, often seen as having straight teeth, also means that the nasal passages have been suitably developed. A child’s dental function and correct breathing are undoubtably connected and development begins at birth and continues until they are young adults.
When breathing through the mouth, you need to swallow more often as the mouth tends to be drier. However, this affects the development of the palate, as swallowing puts pressure on the palate and forces it to widen. Mouth breathing in children will stunt the development of the palate.
An under developed palate and jawbones will often lead to the child needing corrective orthodontic treatment in the later stages of their childhood. These procedures are costly and ongoing.

MOUTH BREATHING AND SLEEP APNEA
Crooked teeth and under developed jaws are a major contributor to mouth breathing in children. Mouth breathing can cause sleep apnea, a condition where breathing pauses, which awakens the child many times during the night. As a result the child has less ability to concentrate on learning and is often diagnosed with ADHD. It is possible with assistance to help a child breathe properly through their nose, however it can take persistence and time.


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