Mouth breathing causes a range of problems

What causes mouth-breathing and why does it matter?

We routinely screen for correct breathing and tongue position during our regular 6-monthly preventative examinations. For children, one of the biggest causes of crowding of teeth is habitually breathing through the mouth rather than the nose. For adults, the changes to the airway introduced by mouth-breathing give rise to snoring and sleep apnoea, which steals quality of…

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A holistic approach to treating headaches

The World Health Organization estimates that 47% of adults worldwide had at least one headache within the last year. Only a minority of people with headache disorders worldwide are diagnosed appropriately by a healthcare provider. Headaches have been underestimated, under-recognized and under-treated throughout the world. Headaches are most often a result of an imbalance in the structure of the neck, the cranial and dental systems, or a combination of these.

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Girl with orthodontic issues due to mouth breathing

Mouth breathing in children

Few parents realize how malleable the facial bones of a six-year-old child are and how quickly habits such as leaving the mouth open or thumb-sucking can spoil a child’s appearance for ever. Mouth breathing and poor tongue posture can result in a long face with a narrow upper jaw and crowded teeth. The upper jaw stops growing in most boys and girls before the age of 10. Hence early treatment is the key.

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