Mouth breathing is more than just an aesthetic problem, and can contribute to negative health conditions. This can present significant problems, especially in children as their facial features are still developing. Mouth breathing can occur during the day and night, and can lead to long face syndrome, narrow high vaulted palate and malocclusion. Hygienists and dentists are in a good position to diagnose mouth breathing in their patients and offer solutions to correct it. In Spear’s recent Hygiene Course “Impact of Mouth Breathing on Oral and General Health, Part 1,” hygienist Tricia O’Hehir describes the importance of nasal breathing. This four lesson course guides the participant through an introduction and history of mouth breathing, differences in oxygen absorption in mouth and nasal breathing, and how long face syndrome develops.
After viewing this mouth breathing course, you will:
- Understand oxygen absorption difference between nasal and mouth breathing
- Describe how mouth breathing leads to long face syndrome in children
- List the benefits of nasal breathing
If you enjoyed this course, you may be interested in our Dental Sleep Medicine course by Dr. Steve Carstensen.
Abigail Pfeiffer is the Editor for Spear Education.