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|The following article and images are provided by Patrick McKeown, internationally acclaimed Buteyko Educator, Buteyko Practitioner trainer and author of bestselling books, CDs and DVDs on Buteyko health and wellness. Patrick’s work with dental doctors, orthodontists and orofacial myology specialists led many patients to discover the effect of the Buteyko Therapy on dental health.|
|The most common cause of overcrowded teeth is not due to the teeth being too big for the jaw, but is because the jaw is too small to correctly house the teeth. Nasal breathing helps to ensure that the resting position of the tongue is in the roof of the mouth. The upper jaw is shaped by forces exerted by the tongue resulting in correct development.When the mouth is open, the tongue falls to the floor of the mouth resulting in narrow upper jaws and jaws which are set back from their ideal position. Nasal breathing is of vital importance to the development of a child’s face for both health and aesthetic reasons. Mouth breathing results in unattractive facial features, snoring, hyperactivity, bed wetting, fatigue, snoring, sleep apnea, crooked teeth, decayed teeth, upper and lower respiratory problems including rhinitis, asthma, frequent colds and chest infections.|
|Good facial Development
This illustration is composed from a real life case of a ten year old boy. The face is ideal with closed mouth posture and broad facial features. Of all species on this planet, only human beings develop crooked teeth. Furthermore, crooked teeth is a modern phenomenon. Prehistoric man did not have crooked teeth or narrow facial structure!
| Poor Facial development
This is the same real life case boy aged 17 years. He switched from nasal to mouth breathing after the age of ten years.
|Note the set back jaws which will result in pressure on the airways. As this teenager grows older and continues to mouth breathe, obstructive sleep apnea, respiratory complaints, fatigue and snoring will be a likely result.|
|Poor Facial development
Notice the change in this girl’s facial features and changed jaw structure due to switching from nasal breathing to mouth breathing.
|Mouth breathing not only affects a childs facial development, it also negatively affects health.|
|Grow Straight Teeth
Nasal breathing ensures that the tongue rests in the roof of the mouth. The top jaw will form around the shape of the tongue.
|When the mouth is open:
During mouth breathing, the tongue falls to the floor of the mouth. Therefore, the top jaws do not form around th shape of the tongue. Each month, I see so many children with narrow facial structures due to habitual mouth breathing.
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