Is Your Child A Mouth Breather

What Is Mouth Breathing?

Have you ever watched to see if your child is breathing through his or her mouth? Breathing through the mouth instead of the nose may lead to trouble for youngsters. Kids who typically breath through their mouth–most often children who suffer from allergies–experience problems getting enough oxygen into their blood, a condition that affects their weight, size, sleep and even their performance in the classroom and daily life.

Mouth breathing as a child can also lead to sleep apnea, behavior and learning problems, delayed speech, dental and facial abnormalities, and even breathing problems as your child grows. There are a multitude of reasons for an individual to mouth breathe, such as enlarged tonsils, adenoids, and deviated nasal spectrum, but the cause is usually allergies.

Mouth Breathing Is Treatable

As bad as the condition sounds, we want you to know mouth breathing is treatable condition. Doing so, though, requires early diagnosis and treatment. Since our team at Hendersonville Family Dentistry sees our patients every six months, we may be in a position to identify the symptoms of mouth breathing.

If you suspect your child is a chronic mouth breather, please give us a call at 615-822-8262 to schedule an appointment.

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