Mouth breathing is not normal. It is in fact very unhealthy.
Mouth breathing usually occurs because there is a blockage in the nasal airways. This may be:
– a deviated nasal septum
– enlarged adenoids or tonsils (Did you have recurrent tonsillitis as a child?)
– inflamed sinuses
So a blocked nose forces you to breathe through your mouth.
Ever wondered why children get recurrent tonsillitis or recurrent enlarged adenoids?
But there are other serious implications:
Now you may wonder what this all means in the long run?
Well, with the inadequate development of the anatomy, mouthbreathers are at a very high risk of sleep-disordered breathing like sleep apnoea, snoring and UARS.
Sleep apnoea, if left untreated, can shave 10-15 years off your life and also increase your risk of comorbities such as cardiovascular disease, stroke, Alzheimer’s, bowel issues, disruption to reproductive system and cancer!
It’s a lot to take in but it’s a serious topic. I guarantee that you will know someone that habitually mouth breathes.
At Sydney Airway Clinic, we offer corrective treatments for children AND adults (even if full bone growth and maturation is complete). We can non-surgically and painlessly guide the jaws back into their correct positions, retrain the tongue and lip muscles to ensure the return of nasal breathing and restore one’s compromised airway back to it’s ideal volume. We have a multidisciplinary approach in conjunction with various doctors and clinicians to ensure you receive a tailored treatment that suits you best.