Do you know that breathing through your mouth on a consistent basis when you are a child can have significant impacts on your health? Do you have a child who constantly breathes out of his or her mouth instead of their nose? If so, we encourage you to keep reading so you can learn about the negative consequences of being a mouth breather all your life.
Do you know that mouth breathing can be very dangerous to your dental health, as well as your overall health?
As a matter of fact, mouth breathing is commonly misdiagnosed by doctors and dentists.
Consequences of being a consistent mouth breather
Breathing through your mouth on a consistent basis can have detrimental consequences, such as:
- Neck aches
- Ear problems
- Head aches
- Crooked teeth
- Collapased bites (bite problems)
When you breath through your mouth consistently as a child, you can be more susceptible to experiencing these negative consequnces as you grow older. Therefore, they indicate some signs to be aware of throughout your childhood and adult life.
How does mouth breathing cause all of these symptoms?
The aforementioned consequences transpire because of how the tongue is positioned when a person or a child breathes through his or her mouth. For instance, your tongue is supposed to rest on the roof of your mouth.
However, for a mouth breather, his or her tongue moves down and forward, which means that the tongue will mold the teeth and bone into the wrong position, thus causing teeth and bite problems.
Symptoms of mouth breathers
When you bring your son or daughter to our office for a checkup appointment, we can also evaluate his or her teeth and gums to determine if any of the following mouth breathing symptoms exist:
- Crooked teeth
- The upper and lower jaw do not come together uniformely
- The roof of his or her mouth is very high and V-shaped, as opposed to the normal U-shape
- Enlarged tonsils
- The front teeth will often not meet together
- The upper jaw tends to be small
Furthermore, you may see symptoms and signs on his or her face, such as:
- Underdeveloped bones in the mid face, lower jaw, and chin area
- Discolored, dark circles under his or her eyes
- Multiple ear infections, night grinders, restless sleep, or draining of the eustachian tubes
To prevent severe, harmful effects of mouth breathing, it is paramount to get your son or daughter checked by the time he or she turns nine years old.
This is the critical stage to combat further damage. After the age of nine, it tends to be more difficult for the bone to remold itself into the right position.
Come see The Houston Dentists today
If you have a child who consistently breathes through his or her mouth, you can come see our Houston dentists, Dr. Frazar and Dr. Hedge, to discuss this condition, as well as potential treatment options. We are dedicated to providing comprehensive, effective treatment options so that you and your family can enjoy your healthy mouth for many years to come.