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Why mouth breathing is a problem for children

Did you know that medical profession now recognizes mouth breathing as abnormal? Mouth breathing in childhood affects the development of the face and mouth. As a result, children who mouth breathe may not develop to their full genetic potential.

At Kid Focus Dentistry, we specialize in diagnosing and correcting mouth breathing in children. Serving children and their families in Wheat Ridge, Colorado and the surrounding communities, we take a “whole child approach” to pediatric oral care. Read on to learn the long-lasting developmental impacts of mouth breathing and how we can help.

This video does a great explanation on the negative effects of mouth breathing versus nasal breathing on the human body. Mouth breathing is caused by incorrect placement of the tongue, and as a result you also get a narrow jaw.

A narrow jaw causes:

  • Crowding within the teeth
  • Longer faces
  • Overbites or underbites.
  • Narrow jaw = narrow airway

A narrow jaw may also result in a deviated septum, snoring, or sleep apnea.

Children with incorrect breathing are likely to show symptoms of:

  • Increased grinding
  • Snoring
  • Bad breath
  • Tiredness
  • Poor quality of sleep
  • Poor memory
  • More anxiety
  • Decreased concentration

Which all may be caused by incorrect breathing, and a decreased amount of oxygen to the brain.

Breathing better helps you live better.

Myobrace helps you breathe through your nose by teaching your tongue correct placement and opening up the airways. Next, it also helps your lips rest in a correct closed position.

Who knew that breathing through your nose affects your memory? Listen to this short podcast that explains the scientific research behind how the way you breathe impacts  your brain.

Breathing Through Your Nose Helps You Remember Better