Nasal Breathing vs. Mouth Breathing…is there a difference?
According to the book, Tongue Tied by Richard Baxter, DMD, MS, Alabama Tongue-Tie Center, 2018, the difference is “significant”. “To mouth breathe, the mouth must be open with the tongue resting low. These dysfunctional oral rest postures of the lips and tongue encourage a multitude of growth and development problems in children, as well as overall health problems…children with dysfunctional oral rest postures and who mouth breath are more likely to have crowded teeth, small jaws, inadequate tongue room, large tonsils and adenoids, gingivitis, dental caries, and long face syndrome. Additionally, they may also be at greater risk for a wide range of health problems such as allergies, asthma, and disordered breathing issues during sleep, including obstructive sleep apnea.”