The healthiest way to breath is through your nose. Our nose is made to clean and humidify the air we breath. A gas called nitric oxide is released in the nasal airways and transferred to the lower airways and lungs. This short- lived gas dilates the air passages in your lungs and blood vessels. Benefits include lowering blood pressure, cholesterol, and preventing clogged arteries.
The consequences of mouth breathing can have a big impact on your life. It can affect your posture, sleep, immune system and can adversely affect how your face and jaw structure grows. Mouth breathing is usually a result of airway obstruction cause by enlarged tonsils and/or adenoids, allergies, or a deviated septum. It often leads to chronic gingiva (gum) inflammation; especially on the front teeth, as well as dental decay.
An airway obstruction must be identified, evaluated, and diagnosed prior to myofunctional therapy. If no obstruction is detected, the mouth breathing issue may be occurring out of habit.
Myofunctional therapy can assist in retraining correct tongue rest posture, promote a lip seal, and restore nasal breathing. Only nasal breathing will maintain proper oral rest posture and ideal facial growth and development.