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Why Chronic Mouth Breathing Can Change Your Face

July 26, 2021

Why Chronic Mouth Breathing Can Change Your Face

Research has shown that untreated habitual mouth breathing will lead to facial growth abnormalities, sleep disruptions and behavioural changes, particularly at an early stage of development. Keeping your mouth closed all night is obvious, but not easy if you are asleep, until now.

The mouth is for breathing only when nasal breathing is difficult, for example: when the nose is temporarily blocked by a cold, a deviated septum, nasal polyps, allergic rhinitis, asthma, fractures and congenital nasal deformities.

When breathing through the nose is not an issue, the mouth remains closed with the tongue resting in contact with the palate (roof of the mouth). In this position the tongue exerts a lateral force, which assists to shape the jaw.

 WHAT CHANGES TAKE PLACE?

 If untreated, habitual mouth breathing will lead to alterations in the muscles associated with the face, jaws, tongue and neck. The abnormal pull of these muscle groups on bones of the face and jaws slowly deforms these bones, eventually causing the jaws and teeth to be mismatched.

  • The earlier in life these changes take place, the greater the alterations in facial growth. These facial deformities may often be too severe for orthodontics to correct, requiring corrective jaw surgery later in life, as well as procedures to open the nasal airway.
  • Mouth breathing is often associated with a decrease in oxygen intake into the lungs which can lead to a lack of energy.
  • Sleep disruptions due to breathing through the mouth will result in daytime sleepiness, poor concentration and irritability often associated with ADHD symptoms.
  • Changes in facial structure and looks may have a significant impact on a person’s self-esteem, particularly at an early developmental stage, and may result in behavioural issues.

Habitual mouth breathers spend most of the night with their mouth open, possibly snore and may develop dry lips, dehydration and bad breath.

In addition, chronic mouth breathing may lead to sleep apnea, nasal congestion, sinus pressure and sleep disruptions. Consult your doctor/dentist for medical advice if habitual mouth breathing persists.

OK, it looks like I’m mouth breathing when I’m asleep, but what can I do about it?

sleepQ+  a reversible lip -bonding gel, is helping many people control involuntary mouth breathing while sleeping

 Children as young as 7 use sleepQ+  a clinically tested gel to sleep better and as a trainer tool to correct habitual mouth breathing during sleep. It’s never too late!

 During the Day – Use sleepQ+ for training and habit-forming purposes to restore functional nasal breathing.

At Night -  Use sleepQ+ to maintain nasal breathing during sleep.

Learn More  www.sleepqplus.com 

 





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