Mouth breathing dangerous for health: Study
Last Updated: Wednesday, April 07, 2010, 00:00

Chicago: Contrary to popular belief that
mouth breathing does not have any adverse effects, a new study
has found that it can lead to major health problems if left
untreated for long, especially in children.

A research by the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) in
US showed that over time, children whose mouth breathing goes
untreated may suffer from abnormal facial and dental
development, such as long, narrow faces and mouths, gummy
smiles, gingivitis and crooked teeth.

In addition, mouth breathing can cause poor oxygen
concentration in the bloodstream, which can cause high blood
pressure, heart problems, sleep apnea and other medical
issues, General Dentistry journal reported.

"Children who mouth breathe typically do not sleep
well, causing them to be tired during the day and possibly
unable to concentrate on academics," said lead author Yosh

He said, "The physical, medical and social problems
associated with mouth breathing are not recognised by most
health care professionals".

The researchers said that dentists typically request
that their patients return every six months as a result, they
may be the first to identify the symptoms of mouth breathing
and thus they should not take it lightly and help prevent the
adverse effects.

"Allergies can cause upper airway obstruction or mouth
breathing, Jefferson said adding "treatment for mouth
breathing is available and can be beneficial for children if
the condition is caught early".

"A dentist can check for mouth breathing symptoms and
swollen tonsils. If tonsils and/or adenoids are swollen, they
can be surgically removed by an ear-nose-throat (ENT)


First Published: Wednesday, April 07, 2010, 00:00

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