THE NEGATIVE EFFECTS OF MOUTH BREATHING : Nasal breathing is essential to the normal well-being of the body. Breathing through the nose permits the air to be warmed, moistened and cleansed before it reaches the lungs. In mouth breathers, the preparation for the lungs is lost so that the child becomes susceptible to upper respiratory infections. In addition, the dental apparatus and the delicate growing bony structures of the face are so affected that the face becomes markedly elongated and narrowed because of dropping of the mandible into an open position and because of the constriction of the upper arches and palate. The nostrils become narrowed and pinched from disuse and the facial expression becomes dull and drawn. Note how the corners of the eyes are pulled down, the upper lip has shortened and he has a recessive chin. Nasal airway interferences which can be structural like tonsils or adenoids and/or allergies are the PRIMARY CAUSE of Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders (OMDs) with allergies being the more common nasal airway interference over structural nasal obstruction. Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy (OMT) will NEVER be successful without resolution of nasal airway issues and is why Dr. Honor Franklin at Honor Franklin Myofunctional & Speech Clinic has the best Allergist and ENT on her team who understand Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders and she never initiates any therapy until the ENT and Allergist have determined the patient can achieve a patent nasal airway consistently and the patient cannot remain in therapy unless they are compliant in following the Allergist and ENT’s recommendations. Dr. Franklin is an IAOM CERTIFIED Orofacial Myofunctional Therapist by the International Association of Orofacial Myology who has specialized in orofacial myofunctional disorders for over 40 years and is considered an expert in this field. Check out her website at ww.honorfranklin.com.
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