Mouth BREATHING

Unhealthy breathing habits can lead to poor facial and dental development, including long face syndrome, narrow vaulted palates, along with forward head and shoulder postures.  It can adversely effect sleep and oxygen intake which impacts healthy growth and every day performance.  

Promoting nasal breathing allows relief from headaches, TMJ disorders and other health related issues.

Oxygen

There is a little butterfly around the nose containing a filtration system that cleans and warms the air that you breathe and forms NO2 (nitric oxide) which connects the sinuses. The more nitrogen you produce by nasal breathing the more Oxygen than flows to the brain which also can lower your blood pressure.

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Nasal breathing with a tongue up posture reduces snoring and sleep apnea events while keeping the airway more toned and open.

Gum Disease

Long-term mouth-breathing habits can dry out the gums and the mouth’s tissue lining causing inflammation and cavities.
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If you have any of these breathing difficulties, it can contribute to issues like daytime fatigue or trouble losing weight.

  • Snoring
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Mouth Breathing
  • Drooling

Mouth breathing adults are more likely to experience sleep disordered breathing, fatigue, decreased productivity and poorer quality of life than those who nasal-breathe.

Dry Mouth

Do you have constant dry mouth? Or persistent chapped lips? This can be signs of mouth breathing.

Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a potentially serious sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts. If you snore loudly and feel tired even after a full night’s sleep, you might have sleep apnea.This usually occurs when your mouth is open and your tongue falls to the back of the throat.

Adenoid Facies

A condition or disorder due to nasal obstruction which is persistent with Open Mouth Posture and the Long Face Syndrome. The signs are dull flat sinus areas under the eyes as well dark circles. A sure sign that the sinuses are not open.

Sinus Congestion or Chronic Sinusitis

The symptoms for Sinusitis are the same as for sleep apnea

  • Loud Snoring
  • Episodes in which you stop breathing during sleep – which would be reported by another person
  • Gasping for air during sleep
  • Awakening with a dry mouth
  • Morning headache
  • Difficulty staying asleep (insomnia)
  • Excessive daytime sleepiness (hypersomnia)
  • Difficulty paying attention while awake
  • Irritability

did you know your brain never stops thinking about getting oxygen?

Why nasal breathing is so important

When you breath through your nose you create nitric oxide. We break down the N2O with the carbon dioxide that is in our body which allows the nitrogen (a vasodilator) to open the blood vessels to carry the O2 to the Brain. when we breath through our mouth we do not get the same O2 flow to our brain. This can cause symptoms of OSA/Sleep apnea, ADHA, daytime fatigue and even restless leg syndrome.

  • Diaphragmatic or Relaxed Breathing
  • Breathing Re-education for Post Tonsils and Adenoid Removal 
  • Nasal Breathing Techniques to help open passageways and sinus areas
  • Restorative Breathing
  • Buteyko Breathing 

Mouth breathers

Open Mouth-Lips Apart Posture |
Short Upper lip

Facilitate a free and easy flow for your breathing, creating balance and a healthier you.

No two people are alike, so treatments are customized for each individual’s unique needs.

An orofacial variation that relates to  the lips is an Open Mouth-Lips Apart resting posture. This is often referred to as lip Incompetence and can distract from a pleasing facial appearance. Most common is the Short (Arched) Upper Lip combined with a pouty fuller (large) lower lip causing the facial muscles to compensate and function incorrectly. In order to swallow, the lower lip must stretch up to meet the upper lip causing a facial grimace or button chin. A proper upper lip length should cover about three-quarters of the anterior teeth. The lip then becomes the gatekeeper by protecting the teeth from protruding forward. When the lower lip and chin (mentalis muscle) do most of the work during a swallow, they can push the teeth back or aid in protruding the top teeth. Adequate lip length and strength are important for the maintenance and guidance of teeth. Generally, an Open Mouth-Lips apart contributes to a low forward tongue posture.

Chronic mouth breathers tend to bring their head forward in front fo their shoulders and tilted back to maintain an open airway (Forward Head Posture and Forward Shoulder posture). Some all this a Long Jaw or Long Face Syndrome.
Do a Quick

Check on your Tongue

Stick out your tongue as far as you can …

  • Does your tongue form a point? Good.
  • Does it seem to form a heart-shape?
  • Can it touch behind the front teeth when the nouth is wide open? if not, you may have a short lingual frenum. In some cases a frenectomy is necessary
Ankyloglossia or Tongue-tie usually shows signs of these symptoms. The tissue that goes from the underside of the tongue to the floor of the mouth (Lingual Frenum) is too short or tight to allow the tongue to rest up in the palate. Hence, the tongue habitually lies low and forward.

Assess your facial resting posture and swallow.

We provides individualized therapy and services from infant to adult in a compassionate and instructive environment, whether its with our safe in-person office visits or virtual online sessions.

With Oral Facial Health Care, you can reduce the occurrence of discomfort associated with migraine pressure tension headaches, jaw or neck pain or other painful symptoms of OMD. 

We offer a 10-point evaluation and customized therapies based on holistic, natural healing methods. 

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