Under ideal conditions, humans breathe through their noses allowing the air to be warmed and moistened before entering the respiratory system. However, a significant portion of the population, including children, breathe through their mouths instead.
The problem is that mouth breathing can have long-term effects, ranging from a dry mouth to tooth decay, and sleep interruption. Studies show that children with prolonged breathing issues, like mouth breathing, snoring or obstructive sleep apnea, can go on to develop potential problems such as craniofacial malformation, malocclusion and jaw misalignment.
Children who don’t breathe properly can also experience a range of problems from headaches and trouble sleeping, to developmental issues with their teeth, jaw and face. Interrupted sleep can lead to potential future health problems such as diabetes, high blood pressure or heart disease. In school-aged children, it can impact their behavior and their ability to retain information.