How breathing influences your teeth

Did you know that people who breathe through their mouth are more likely to have crooked teeth?

The normal, healthy human function is to breathe through the nose.  Not only is this better for air filtration and general health but it also plays an important role in the development of your teeth and jaws.

Nasal breathing allows the tongue to rest in the roof of the mouth, the muscle forces from the tongue push against the palate to develop correct arch shape and size.  Ideally there should be enough room for the tongue to fit comfortably in the upper arch & therefore the teeth will be well aligned.

This natural process is disrupted when ‘mouth breathing’ sets in as the tongue is no longer sitting in the roof of the mouth; the upper arch loses the support essential for normal development – it becomes small and narrow therefore the teeth become crooked.

Lower arch development is guided by the upper arch formation.  If the upper arch is small and narrow the lower arch will follow this form as it “trapped” inside the upper jaw.

Establishing nasal breathing at an early age is essential.  John Flutter Dental provides ‘Breathing Retraining Programmes’ to help children establish nasal breathing and an improved breathing pattern.