How does breathing affect crowding?
The nose is the primary structure designed for breathing. If you breathe through your nose with your mouth closed, your tongue will naturally sit touching the roof of your mouth, assisting the top jaw to grow.
However, if you breathe in and out of your mouth, the tongue sits on the floor of your mouth, resulting in your top jaw not growing properly. Obstruction, allergies, sinusitis or poor habits can lead to mouth breathing in a child.
The tongue continuously exerts 500gm of force. If applied correctly on the roof of the mouth – it expands and develops the top jaw properly. Once properly developed, there is enough room for the bottom jaw to grow properly and thus create enough space for the teeth to develop in perfect alignment.
If children (and adults) don’t breathe properly through their nose, it not only leads to poor jaw development but also issues such as tooth grinding, ear infections, bed wetting, tonsillitis, insomnia, ADHD and poor concentration at school.