The importance of breathing correctly

Breathing through your nose is they way our bodies are designed. It has been said that breathing through your mouth is about as practical as trying to eat through your nose!

Correct nasal breathing is important for improving the growth and development of jaws.

The consequence of mouth breathing is an adaption of the entire facial musculature, which causes change in the dental arches, position of teeth, leading to structural alterations in the face including lips, tongue, palate and mandible as these structures have to adapt to incorrect breathing. 

Chest and mouth breathing prompts us to hyperventilate and trigger sympathetic nerve receptors, which result in a fight or flight response.

Breathing in and out through the nose allows us to take fuller, deeper breaths, which stimulates the lower lung to distribute greater amounts of oxygen throughout the body.

Mouth breathing children risk developing:

  • Craniofacial abnormalities

  • Dental & Orthodontic problems

  • Poor posture

  • Reduced exercise capacity

  • Sleep Disordered Breathing

  • Fatigue

  • Worsening of allergies

  • Dry mouth, reduced saliva and bad breath

  • Poor academic performance

Are you a mouth breather?

Have you noticed any of the following?

  • Dry/cracked lips

  • Dry mouth

  • Open mouth while breathing

  • Lips apart at rest

  • Enlarged Tonsils

  • Struggle to breathe through your nose

  • Dark circles under your eyes

  • Bad breath

If yes, we can work with you to convert you from a mouth breather to a nose breather.

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