What you don’t know could be hurting you or someone you love. Years ago when I first started working as a dental hygienist my primary concern if my client was a mouth breather was that I was going to cause a lot of bleeding when working around the front teeth. As time has passed and I have grown as a hygienist the concerns with having a client that is a mouth breather has increased and I would like to share some of what I have learned about mouth breathing and the effects on growth and development of children as well as its effects to the mouth breathers general health.
Mouth Breathers can have some or many of the following:
I will start with a little background information about what happens when breathing through our nose. When we breathe through our nose we produce more “Nitric Oxide”.
Nitric Oxide Role In the Body
1. Increase the oxygen exchange efficiency and increase our blood oxygen by 18%.
2. It increases the lungs ability to absorb oxygen
3. Its a vasodilator and brain transmitter.
4. It increases oxygen transport through the body to its organs and is crucial for the efficiency of smooth muscles.
In keeping the above in mind mouth breathing is linked with the following.
Mouth breathing is much easier to correct as a child than waiting for adulthood. Often it can be very difficult and the best solution is to look to those that specialize in breaking these habits. We are lucky to have someone close by who specializes in Myofunctional Therapy and I strongly encourage mouth breathers to seek out her services. If you are interested in contacting her she is in Owen Sound and can be reached at the following number. 519-373-2297 or at http://www.tongueandlunglady.com/
General Dentistry Jan/Feb 2010 Yosh Jefferson DMD, MAGD Mouth Breathing: Adverse effects on facial growth health, academics and behavior
The Negative Effect of Mouth Breathing on the body and development of the child Dr. John Flutter BDS Dental Surgeon
Hanover Dental Hygiene Care
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