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‘Mouth-breathing’ gross, harmful to your health

April 20, 2011

Filed under: Functional Orthodontics — admin @ 10:03 am

There was a very informative article about Functional Orthodontics by Melissa Dahl in the “Body Odd” section of MSNBC.

From the article:

“Experts say that breathing while slack-jawed can actually lead to some surprisingly unpleasant health problems.

If you’re fighting a cold right now, you know your inability to suck any air through your congested nostrils can cause dry mouth, dragon breath and lack of sleep, for starters. You’ll be fine when you kick the crud; the big problems start when you’ve become a chronic mouth-breather — children and adults with allergies, for example.

Breathing though the mouth is often an overlooked root cause of many health and behavioral problems, particularly in school-age kids. (How are the kids doing in school? Are they tired, irritable, can’t concentrate? A lot of these kids (may be) diagnosed with ADD and hyperactivity.”)

Mouth-breathing can actually change the shape of kids’ faces, according to a report published by Dr. Yosh Jefferson last year in the Journal General Dentisty.

Severe mouth breathers develop what they call long face syndrome — long, narrow faces, very unattractive facial features. Also if their tonsils are swollen, they sometimes position their jaw in weird ways in order to get more oxygen into their bodies.

It can happen in adults as well … but it’s more prominent in children.

People think they grew to this face because of genetics –- it’s not, it’s because they’re mouth-breathers.

It’s reversible in children if it’s caught early — an orthodontist might use a device to expand the jaw, which will widen the mouth and open the sinuses, helping the child breathe through the nose again. (This can be done in adults, too, but it’s more difficult.)”

Dr. Ken Gasper of Aesthetic Dentistry by Design provides Functional Orthodontics to help mouth breathers.

Learn more about Functional Orthodontics here.

Call Aesthetic Dentistry by Design in Colorado Springs at 719-599-0700.

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