Case Study: Mouth breathing causes jaw deformity
Young children who suffer from periodic coughs and colds often turn into mouth breathers. They are easily identified by visiting their room at night and looking at them when asleep.
“Is the child sleeping routinely with the mouth open? Is the child constantly snoring?”
The position of the teeth, jaw size and lips is determined by the balance of force between the tongue on the inside and the lips on the outside.
In an open mouth position, the tongue is not enclosed within the jaws and due to this, the lip pressure pushed the jaw and teeth inwards. This gradually worsens until at adolescence the deformity is bordering on the severe.
We are pained to see this at regular intervals. Tremendous deformity. Significant treatment cost.
Every bad habit must be detected early and eliminated. Growth can then proceed normally