Here’s a video of a presentation given by dental surgeon, Dr. John Flutter, on the topic of the cause and prevention of crooked teeth and malocclusion development in children.
November 2012 – I was on a Air Canada flight flying from Vancouver to Chicago OHare airport, where I’ll be connected onto another flight flying to Germany. After the plane had levelled in the air, the lady on my left who was seating in the windows seat asked where I was going, I told her I was attending MEDICA in Dusseldorf; it’s the largest annual medical trade fair. She was a marketing manager of a company in the oil and energy industry, and she was heading to Chicago to meet some of their clients.
She told me both her husband and her son had issues with asthma and hay fever, but before I had the chance to start my quick 30 seconds information session on Buteyko Breathing Technique, she quickly continued on saying that she had already found an easy fix to it. Was I surprised by the solution she found? No, because it was “nasal breathing”. She said just by ensuring her husband and her son to nasal breathing at all time, their symptoms had reduced significantly and were healthier than before. A very clever mom, she had perfect understanding and awareness of the importance of our nose.
There are many sources that promote the benefit of nasal breathing, but most of the time we simply ignore them because “breathing through your nose” just doesn’t sound exciting or significant at all. But sometimes, it is this kind of small detail or habit, which carries a great impact to you and me.
Here’s an article from www.livestrong.com on mouth breathing vs. nose breathing.
Effects of Mouth Breathing
According to the Academy of General Dentistry, or AGD, mouth breathing is often a problem for allergy sufferers, who experience airway obstruction during allergy season and are unable to breathe through their noses. Mouth breathing can lead to poor oxygen concentration in the bloodstream, which can lead to more serious medical problems such as high blood pressure, heart problems, sleep apnea and other sleeping problems.
DANGERS OF MOUTH BREATHING IN CHILDREN
Mouth breathing can be especially detrimental in children, who may suffer abnormal facial and dental development as a result. Left untreated, mouth breathing may lead to narrow faces, crooked teeth or gummy smiles. The AGD also reports that children who breathe through their mouths typically have sleeping problems, which can lead to poor academic performance and is often misdiagnosed as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD. In a 2009 study performed at the Federal University of Minas Gerais in Brazil, mouth breathers experienced higher rates of poor bite and misalignment of teeth.