Mouth breathing has a direct effect on your child as he grows and develops along with his behavior and personality which affects how your child will turn out. Here are some effects of mouth breathing:
Effect on teeth and braces
Breathing through the mouth causes your child’s braces to take longer to align his teeth, making it a lot more difficult for your orthodontist as well. The spaces between the teeth will be a lot more difficult to reduce and close as well as compromising their alignment after removing the braces.
The chances of your children experiencing orthodontic relapse are quite high and they will probably need braces again in the future.
When your children breathe through their mouths, they will be a lot more likely to struggle with making and pronouncing certain sounds. The most common speech problem due to this is the lisp.
Changes in facial expression
Mouth breathing is likely to affect your child’s growth making his facial features less prominent, have a longer face, droopy eyes and lower facial muscle tone along with a narrower palate as well as a smaller jaw in most cases.
How is mouth breathing, snoring and sleep apnea in children related?
Usually mouth breathing, snoring and children are not connected but in a lot of cases this is more common than you may think. Habitual snoring is a mild form of airway obstruction called “Sleep Disordered Breathing” which should never be taken lightly as it may be the beginning of sleep apnea as your body may not receive enough oxygen.
Here are some kids dental care strategies that you as a parent can adopt:
Ensure that your child can breathe through his nose easily
Schedule regular dental visits from an early age
Have your child tested and treated for allergies
Ensure that neither your child’s diet or his environment is contributing to allergies
Ask your dentist for advice if he is still breathing through the mouth.
The most important thing that you can do as a parent is to observe your child’s daily and nightly habits and report all your concerns to your family dentist.