By: Judith Dember-Paige RDH COM
Open Mouth Posture
A mouth breathers’ maxillas and mandibles are more retrognathic. Palatal height is higher, over- jet is more pronounced in mouth breathers. Overall, mouth breathers had longer faces, with narrower maxil- lae and retrognathic jaws.
Reference: Mouth Breathing in Allergic Children: It’s Relationship to Dentofacial Development Bresolin, Shapiro E.T. Al. American Journal of Orthodontics 1983.
Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy is very effective, allowing a child or adult to learn or relearn to establish a tongue to palate resting posture and lip seal. In the absence of a nasal obstruction, primary nasal breathing is one of the most important health benefit one can have. Reference: The importance of Nasal Breathing.