Knoxville and Maryville TN
Chronic mouth breathing has been known to cause adverse effects on a child’s facial development, behavior, health, and academic performance. Occasional mouth breathing is typically fine, but chronic mouth breathing is a problem, and here is what you should know about it.
The Harm with Chronic Mouth Breathing
Mouth breathing adversely affects your child’s facial development. In fact, it can completely change the look of your child’s face, also causing crooked teeth or a recessive chin. Mouth breathing can cause an obstructed airway, meaning your child is not sleeping well at night. Many children who are chronic mouth breathers are misdiagnosed as having attention deficit disorders (or hyperactivity) when the real problem is their airway. With mouth breathing, early intervention is key to avoiding developmental and health issues, as well as social problems down the road.
If Left Untreated, Mouth Breathing can Lead to:
- Long/narrow facial development
- Narrow mouth
- Dental malocclusion (uneven bite)
- High palatal vaults
- Gummy smile
- Unattractive facial features
- Chronic fatigue
- Hyperactivity (ADD/ADHD in children)
Health Effects of Mouth Breathing
When breathing through the mouth, the body is not receiving the proper amounts of oxygen, meaning it robs the body of a necessary nutrient. Low oxygen levels have been linked to cardiac failures and high blood pressure. Studies have also shown that mouth breathing is linked to sleep disorders. Nasal breathing is the most efficient way to deliver the proper amounts of oxygen to the body.
Diagnosing Mouth Breathing Disorders
The dentist plays a vital role in diagnosing and treating the issue of mouth breathing. It is important to screen for chronic mouth breathing and airway obstruction disorders for patients of all ages, but especially in children. Early treatment of airway obstruction or mouth breathing issues helps facilitate proper facial skeletal growth and airway development for your child.
To schedule a consultation, please contact Crestview Dental Care. We welcome patients of Knoxville and Maryville Tennessee.