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. So why do we check if you or your child is a mouth-breather? Habitual breathing through the mouth rather than the nose has a surprisingly major impact on children’s facial development and serious health consequences for both children and adults.

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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.

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