We’re so excited spring is FINALLY here! That brings warm weather with those long Saskatchewan days of sun, green grass, blooming shrubs and bright flowers! However, for millions of people around the world, this is the time of misery due to allergies and asthma symptoms.
Seasonal allergies can cause numerous problems for adults and especially children which can lead to mouth breathing. Mouth breathing can result in dental problems or even more obstructive sleep apnea.
Symptoms of Allergies Include:
- Watery Eyes
Effects of Mouth Breathing?
Other than being a sign of allergies and asthma for children, mouth breathing can cause drying of the gum tissues that can produce gingivitis or gum disease. Long term mouth breathing in children can cause changes in the bite the growth of the jaw. Once that happens there maybe a need for expensive orthodontic treatment!
For adults a dry mouth from mouth breathing can contribute to changes in the bacteria that live in and on your gums causing increased inflammation and periodontal or gum disease.
Should I be worried about Snoring as well?
The American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine states that any snoring is not normal and should not be ignored. Snoring because of nasal congestion can be connected to the medical condition of obstructive sleep apnea.
Address the problem early!
Early intervention is the key focus to maintain excellent oral and general health. At Health Style Dental, we will check your child for dental growth and development problems related to mouth breathing. We will also screen your child for any airway issues and ensure that your concerns are addressed.