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Mouth Breathing Treatment
In Pasadena, CA

Mouth breathing means that people take in air through their mouth and not their nose to breathe. It happens when people can't breathe through their nose.

Most people develop mouth breathing as very young children, potentially setting the stage for long-term problems. Healthcare providers estimate between 10% and 25% of children have mouth-breathing issues.

What are the major differences between breathing through the mouth and nose?

There are several differences when it comes to breathing through the nose as opposed to the mouth:

  • Your nose has little hairs designed to filter out tiny debris like dust, pollution, allergens, or even tiny insects. The mouth doesn't offer the same protection.
  • Your nose has turbinates, which are networks of bones, vessels, and tissue responsible for warming, humidifying, and filtering the air we breathe. The throat and lungs work better with warm, moist air. The air you take into the mouth is colder and drier.
  • Why should I breathe through my nose?

    Mouth breathing affects your overall health. It may cause you to develop:

    • Respiratory problems like enlarged tonsils and adenoids, deviated septum, and chronic stuffy nose from colds, allergies, or sinusitis.
    • Dental problems like bad breath, dry mouth, gum, and tooth problems.
    • Orthodontic problems like cross bites and malocclusions. Breathing through the mouth may cause the underdevelopment of the upper arch (maxilla).
    • Facial development problems. Keeping the mouth open causes what's called "long face." People who have mouth breathing often have narrowed faces with receding chins or jaws.
    • Orofacial and myofunctional problems. Muscle disorders of the face, lips, and tongue may cause swallowing and speech problems.
    • Behavior problems: Studies show some children with mouth breathing develop behavioral problems that are similar to problems found with children who have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
    • Daytime tiredness and sleepiness.
    • Children and adults are much more prone to developing sleep disorders such as sleep apnea.
    Pasadena mouth breathing model in bed

    How does Dr. Greenberg treat mouth breathing?

    Dr. Vickie Greenberg is a board-certified holistic orthodontist who prioritizes a non-invasive, neuro-muscular approach to care. She specializes in using maxillofacial orthopedics and non-surgical and non-extraction orthodontic treatment. She strives to deliver the best treatment for mouth breathing Pasadena has to offer. Her fundamental belief centers on the idea that restoring health requires addressing the entire body, rather than just focusing on the teeth. Consequently, her primary objective is to accurately diagnose each patient's condition to develop a personalized treatment plan.

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