Mouth breathing is associated with sleep-disordered breathing and may be more common in children. It can be obstructive in nature, a matter of habit, or both. When left untreated, it plays an important role in oral and physical health and can contribute to daytime fatigue.
Your dentist in Chester Hill is here to help diagnose and treat this condition.
Mouth Breathing Causes and Diagnosis
Habitual mouth breathing may be linked to:
- Improper or short-term nursing
- Colds and allergies
- Underdeveloped nasal passage
- Mimicking behavior
Obstructive mouth breathing may be linked to:
- Tongue interference
Your dentist can spot the signs of mouth breathing with an exam, noticing:
- A narrow or arched palate
- A scalloped tongue
- Crowded teeth
- Tongue and buccal ties
The Potential Harm of Untreated Mouth Breathing
Mouth breathing may lead to sinus drainage, especially during sleep. And the results of this may mean an increase in sinus and ear infections. Additionally, aspirating mucous may put you at an increased risk for a specific type of pneumonia.
If left untreated, mouth breathing can also lead to chronic snoring and a diminished sense of smell.
For your teeth, mouth breathing plays a role in dry mouth, which increases your risk for cavities and other oral health conditions like periodontal disease.
Your dentist can create a custom mandibular device, designed to reposition the jaw for easier nose breathing. We can also construct an appliance that considers a small mouth and aids in tongue positioning.
Other therapies include breathing exercises and nasal dilators.
Of course, your dentist in Chester Hill may opt for additional therapies or therapeutic combinations to protect your smile and your wellness.
Considering Mouth Breathing Treatment in Chester Hill?
If you’re looking for diagnosis and treatment of mouth breathing for you or your child—we welcome your call. We are also here if you have any questions about treatment. For more information about any of our procedures, please contact us at (02) 9644 1499 or book an appointment today.
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