Is Your Child a Mouth Breather?

Posted by on Apr 2, 2014 in Blogs | 0 comments

smiling child big eyes happySay hello to spring as warm weather and flowers blossom throughout the city. However, as spring comes, seasonal allergies follow. Many children suffer from allergies, which causes nasal congestion and trouble breathing. This can lead to a bad habit called “mouth breathing.” Mouth breathing is prominent in children, but is also true for adults. Many individuals are not aware of the health and behavioral problems associated with mouth breathing.

Breathing through the mouth has many negative benefits. Children who habitually breathe through their mouth often experience problems getting enough oxygen into their blood, which affects their weight, sleep, and even their performance at school. This poor oxygen concentration within the blood can also lead to high blood pressure, heart problems, and other health concerns.

If untreated, children may undergo atypical facial development, including narrow faces and mouths, and gingivitis. Mouth breathing can cause teeth to come in at an improper angle, resulting in crooked teeth. Obtaining treatment for mouth breathing can considerably improve one’s daily life!

Breathing through the mouth instead of the nose can lead to trouble for children. It is important to watch to see if your child is chronically breathing through his or her mouth, because mouth breathing can be treated in children if caught early!

Feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group if you have any thoughts or concerns; they will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com to set up an appointment and consultation.

Your little ones and teens are welcome to visit our pediatric dentist Dr. Kim or Dr.PradhanDr. Emad is happy to help with your orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other oral surgery needs Dr. Ghazi would be more than willing to help.

References:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/04/100406125714.htm
http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/tc/mouth-breathing-and-malocclusion-topic-overview
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