Mouth Breathing andGrowth  - Dental & Health Problems

Chronic mouth breathing has long been seen as a concern by dentists, hygienists, orofacial myologists, speech/ language pathologists, and orthodontists. Some of the problems it causes or contributes to are listed below:

Forward head posture (neck muscle pain, stiffness, fatigue and cervical joint damage) Headache, hyperactivity,  hypocapnia,   pH imbalance,  Elongated face,  malocclusion,  anterior open bite,  TMJ dysfunction, Gum disease,  bad breath,  dental decay and infection      Reduced dental arch space with increased crowding of teeth.                          

Dry mouth and throat, bed wetting, constipation, dehydration,Increased allergen/infection entry to lungs, excess mucus production,  allergies,  asthma,  Chronic tonsil swelling, enlarged adenoids,  nasal polyps,  Noisy eating,  noisy breathing,  deviated septum,    snoring,  sleep apnea,  Greater potential for relapse of orthodontic correction.

By using BreathWay to retrain breathing patterns with the doctor-developed Buteyko Breathing Method, an individual can prevent many of these problems from occurring and in most cases they can begin to be reversed. Correct Breathing is the solution for restoring normal nasal breathing, reconnecting to the bodies ability to heal and restore health. Crowded and protruding teeth are almost entirely caused by incorrect jaw size and shape, rather than the common perception that the teeth are too big. Jaw shape and size develops entirely from the functional activity of the tongue, the lips and surrounding facial muscles. Many research publications are now showing  the development, size and shape of the jaws is almost entirely influenced by how the child breathes, swallows and positions the tongue. Incorrect habits such as mouth breathing, thumb sucking, incorrect swallowing and poor posture are the major contributing factors of orthodontic problems. These habits should be corrected as soon as they are evident. Without the correction of these habits, growth of the face and alignment of the teeth will not be correct.  Straightening the teeth with extractions, will indeed make the teeth straight, however outcome of the overall treatment often makes things worse as the root of the problem (mouth breathing) was never addressed. There is little scientific justification for extracting permanent teeth for orthodontic purposes. By correcting of these myofunctional habits, not only will teeth become and stay aligned, in growing children facial development will be improved.  

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see also - Dr John Flutter DDS Australia

Dr Kruger -Growth Orthodontics New Zealand

Weston A Price Foundation - Is it Mental or is it Dental

Mouth Breathing the root cause

Real life:  How clever inhaling can prevent your from ailing -

NBC News - 'Mouth-Breathing' Gross, harmful to your health
US National Library of Medicine - Hyperventilation Syndrome -

see also Publications

"Nutrition and Physical Degeneration", 1945, Weston Price, D.D.S.

"Shut Your Mouth and Save Your Life, Notes of Travels Amongst the North- American Indians", 1870, George Catlin

"Your Jaws Your Life", 2003, David Page, D.D.S.

"Back To Sleep" Campain - Recommendations for the prevention of SIDS: Back Sleeping, Breast Feeding, Smoke Free Environment, and Dress infants comfortably, on the cool side. The common denominator of these four recommendations is to prevent hyperventilation "mouth-breathing". If mouth breathing occurs, infants are most vulnerable for the tongue to fall back into the throat and cause "accidental suffocation", hence SIDS. For whatever it is worth, the naturally occurring lip seal and tongue suction and the tongue positioned at the roof of the mouth found only during nasal breathing are simple and profound discoveries. Infants are 100% nasal breathers at birth. In the study: "Dummy use, thumb sucking, mouth breathing and cot death", L'Hoir, et al, University Medical Center Utrecht/Wilhelmina Children's Hospital, The Netherlands, Eur J Pediatr, 1999 Nov;158 (11):896-901. Conclusion: Mouth breathing appears to be associated with an increased risk for cot death.