I have written about “mouth breathing” a number of times over the years but I have become increasingly concerned as of late as I realize that more and more of the patients that I see are breathing this way!
I have long known that there are both oral and systemic health problems that are a result of this abnormal way of breathing. Because I consistently observe the disconnect between the dental and medical profession in this area, I have decided to become better informed about;
“What’s Breath Got to do with it?”
I am leaving tomorrow to attend a 28 hour course in Montreal on Orofacial Myology: From Basics to Habituation. It is an intensive course and is intended to put me on the certification track to becoming a Myofunctional Therapist.
I have so many questions about mouth breathing:
- What is causing this rampant problem?
- Why are so few people really concerned?
- CPAP machines may help at night but what about during the day?
- Will exercises really make a difference?
- Can conditions be reversed?
- What are the limitations of this therapy?
I am excited to learn from some of the top experts in this field and what I can personally do in my dental hygiene practice for my patients who I recognize as needing this help.
Stay tuned next month when I will share some of the answers that I have learned to the above questions and what I may be able to do to help you if you too think that you might have this problem!
Until next time,