26 Jun Huffington Post: What Every Parent Needs To Know About Their Kid’s Respiratory Habits
There Is A Right Way To Breathe And A Wrong Way To Breathe.
The right way is through the nose, the wrong way is through the mouth.
WHAT ARE THE LONG TERM CONSEQUENCES OF CHRONIC MOUTH BREATHING?
If someone develops a mouth breathing habit during their developmental years, they are unknowingly programming their body to have a small, set back jaw, a tiny chin and a long face. This is because bones grow in the position they’re ‘trained to’. If the mouth is open, the entire bone and neuromuscular development follows in suit. Besides aesthetic considerations, that same person most likely suffers from tempromandibular joint disorder (TMJ), meaning their upper and lower jaw do not close in a balanced fashion. This often leads to crooked teeth, chronic headaches and respiratory distress.
5 Characteristics of Mouth Breathing
- Small & weak looking jaw
- Forward head posture
- Lip incompetency (unable to seal)
- Small, dysfunctional nostrils
- Underdeveloped or set back jaw
Read the full article HERE
At the Martin Higgins Clinic we too often see the results of what mouth breathing has had on the resting position of the tongue and consequently jaw development and position. The resulting malocclusion then has a knock on effect on the muscle balance around the head and neck, body position and likelihood for problems with chronic pain and recurrent injury.