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IS CHRONIC MOUTH BREATHING IN KIDZ A CAUSE FOR CONCERN?

January 21, 2024

WHAT IS MOUTH BREATHING 
As the name suggests, it is the act of consistently breathing through the mouth instead of the nose. And yes, CHRONIC mouth breathing is a cause for concern in kidz

WHAT IS MOUTH BREATHING 
As the name suggests, it is the act of consistently breathing through the mouth instead of the nose.  And yes, CHRONIC mouth breathing is a cause for concern in kidz.

 

CAUSES
There can be several causes of mouth breathing such as

  • Enlarged adenoids or tonsils or both
  • Injury
  • Nasal Congestion
  • Deviated nasal septum
  • Cleft palate
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IMPLICATIONS
There are several things that can occur as a result of mouth breathing, such as

  • Dry mouth and lips
  • Fiery red gums
  • Bad breath
  • Frequent cavities due to dry mouth
  • Open bite
  • Elongated facial pattern
  • Tongue thrust as a result of open bite

TREATMENT

  • The underlying cause should be determined.  A visit to your Pediatrician or your Orthodontist will give you the guidance you need.
  • An Orthodontist is able to correct any resultant problems with the bite

 

GREAT EXAMPLE

A 10 year old presented to my office with mom.  He was not referred.  Mom called and schedule an appointment because she was concerned about crowding and an open bite. 

Upon examination, I agreed with mom’s concerns.  Upon further examination, he was noted to breathe through his mouth and had such large tonsils that they touched at the back of his throat. 

Upon further questioning, mom reported that patient also snores heavily, gets tired very easily and was surprised to know that he even had tonsils because they were already surgically removed!

Mom was referred back to her ENT specialist, had tonsils removed and returned for Orthodontic treatment.  We successfully addressed and resolved the open bite and crowding and patient was placed in retainers.

Mom reported that patient was no longer snoring, his energy was back and he was once again able to participate in activities without getting exhausted easily.

 

CONCLUSION

Mouth breathing is considered within normal in very young children and in the presence of the cold, flu or allergies.  However, persistent and long term mouth breathing is a concern and the underlying cause must be determined.  A visit to your Orthodontist or Pediatrician will provide the necessary help that you need.  Long standing mouth breathing can impact the bite, speech and facial development.

 

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Written by

Dr. Martine A. DeCambre, BSc, BSN, DDS, Orthodontic Certif.

Orthodontist and Dentofacial Orthopedist

Owner Braces For Us 2.0

“Finding out and eliminating the cause of a problem goes a long way.”

-Dr. DeCambre

 

REFERENCES

The impact of mouth breathing on dentofacial development:  A concise review
Lizhuo Lin, Tingting Zhao, Danchen Qin, Fang Hua, Hong He
Front Public Health. 2022; 10: 929165. Published online 2022 Sep 8. 

Profitt WR: Contemporary Orthodontics (3rd. Ed.), St. Louis, 2000, Mosby.

McDonald RE, Avery DR (6th Ed.), St. Louis, 1994, Mosby.

 

This blog is for educational purposes only.  Please seek dental or healthcare assistance from a professional to help to address your concerns.