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Published On 13 Jul, 2021
Mouth breathing is the act of breathing through your mouth instead of your nose and is usually caused by:
In all cases, there is a blockage within the nasal passage that restricts your breathing and because of this restriction, the body is not getting enough Oxygen and has no choice but to get the Oxygen from the only other place it can – through the mouth.
A habit formed version of Mouth breathing is known as “Habitual Mouth Breathing” and is most prevalent in children. A good way to see if your child has possibly picked up this habit is to observe your child when they are sitting and resting. If you see them breathing through their nose as well as their mouth they may have acquired the habit and this can happen in situations where they were recently sick with a blocked nose (for example) and were forced to breathe through their mouths. What often happens is the child becomes so used to breathing through their mouth that they continue to do so even when fully recovered, causing the habit to arise.
Mouth breathing, if left untreated can lead to a number of Oral problems especially where children are concerned, so let us now look at some common signs of Mouth Breathing which include:
Possible Dental problems caused by Mouth breathing.
Here are some effects and consequences that can arise if Mouth Breathing is left untreated:
Possible Treatment – children.
If seen early for children mouth breathing damage can be kept to a minimum. A Dentist, for example, may discover that the child`s jaw is narrow and may use devices to widen the jaw causing the mouth and sinuses to expand and making effective nasal breathing possible again.
The treatment for Habitual Mouth Breathing can involve using Myofunctional therapy where the Orthodontist uses “Trainers.” Trainers have appliances that effectively:
If you feel you or your child may be suffering from mouth breathing do not hesitate to contact our resident expert in the field Dr. Tapasya at our dental clinic in Oud Metha on +971 4 357 5783 or visit our website at https://www.drpaulsdentalclinic.com