Take a moment to notice your breathing. Are you breathing through your nose or through your mouth? Unless you just finished exercising or running up the stairs, you should be breathing through your nose.
Many people breathe through their mouth most of the time, however. Typically, this is when the nasal passages are blocked, as from allergies, enlarged tonsils or adenoids, or respiratory infections.
Unfortunately, mouth breathing disrupts our natural body mechanics. Chronic mouth breathers tend to bring their head forward in front of their shoulders and tilted back to maintain an open airway. Over time, this can affect both the posture and the bite. What started out to be a problem with the nose can turn into dental problems.
Correcting the problem means that the cause of the nasal blockage must first be identified and treated. If the jaw or bite has been affected, this too must be dentally corrected in order to maintain a proper airway.
Open-mouth breathing in children is especially dangerous, as:
- The jaw bones may not grow properly
- The child may develop a bad bite or malocclusion
- The child can develop an enlarged heart
- There can be a generalized growth deficiency
Dr. John is trained to identify such a problem and to correct the tooth and jaw issues that may result. He can make the referral to the right medical provider to get you breathing correctly.