Mouth breathing: Adverse effects on facial growth, health, academics, and behavior: Yosh Jefferson, DMD, MAGD
The importance of facial appearances in contemporary society is undeniable. Many studies have shown that individuals with attractive facial features are more readily accepted than those with unattractive facial features, providing them with significant advantages.
A note from Yosh Jefferson, DMD, MAGD
The vast majority of health care professionals are unaware of the negative impact of upper airway obstruction (mouth breathing) on normal facial growth and physiologic health. Children whose mouth breathing is untreated may develop long, narrow faces, narrow mouths, high palatal vaults, dental malocclusion, gummy smiles, and many other unattractive facial features, such as skeletal Class II or Class III facial profiles. These children do not sleep well at night due to obstructed airways; this lack of sleep can adversely affect their growth and academic performance. Many of these children are misdiagnosed with attention deficit disorder (ADD) and hyperactivity.
Braces are probably one of the most dreaded words for a parent to hear when taking their child for a dental check-up. Orthodontics relate to many issues for young developing children including their self-image. For a parent, the concern for their child to develop a healthy smile is also confounded by the sometimes prohibitive cost of braces. However crooked teeth can indicate developmental problems for a child that influence their breathing, posture and sleep habits.
Audrey McCormick’s comprehensive report details their family’s traumatic and tragic experience as a result of Orthodontic mistreatment of their daughter, Krystal, at the hands of a series of Orthodontists and an Oral Surgeon. Nine years later her face is irreparably damaged, and it is unclear whether her current treatment will be able to improve her situation. Audrey is currently taking legal action against the Orthodontists involved – but is still in need of assistance.
The Telegraph 29th March 2010 by Michael Pilgrim.
John Mew, An 81-year-old dentist in the UK, has waged a 40-year campaign to prevent what he claims is unnecessary surgery to correct overbite on children.
Review by Breathing Remedies on Amazon.com
… Also Featuring Guidance from Orthodontist Dr Mew to Ensure Correct Facial Development and Straight Teeth.
Buteyko meets Dr Mew focuses on how the way that we breathe influences facial development and tooth alignment.
805 Living, August 2010, by Anthony Head
Achieving a bright smile is only one aspect of modern dentistry. From the Mind/Body/Soul section of American Lifestyle magazine 805.
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