Have you ever observed children while their attention is focused on something like watching television and you notice that they are mouth breathing? Are they also prone to:

1. Frequent colds, sour throats, and ear infections

2. Nightmares, bed wetting

3. Behavior or learning problems in school

4. Weight gain

You take them to the pediatrician, and if they are enlightened to the fact of not waiting until puberty, will recommend the removal of tonsils and adenoids. (T&A’s) Your stomach gets into a knot thinking of putting your precious child through a surgery for a seemingly non-life threatening problem. So you do it. If the child is less than 4 years old, they will probably remember none of the ordeal as would the parent.

Years later, while observing your child, they are still mouth breathing and upon clinical examination, their previously removed tonsils have grown back. What the hey is happening? Studies have shown that if nasal breathing is not restored in children, this will contribute to their obstructive sleep apnea. The solution to this is the development of more maxillary bone growth.

Reference to a study: “Towards Restoration of Continuous Nasal Breathing as the Ultimate Treatment Goal for Pediatric Obstructive Sleep Apnea.” Done by Christian Guilleminault, and Shannon S Sullivan of Stanford University in September 2014.

Mouth breathing is a sign of muscle dysfunction in the head and neck which can be corrected by a dentist with orthopedic appliances.