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Published on Sep 23, 2015
A 2012 study investigating the long term changes to facial structure caused by mouth-breathing noted that this seemingly ‘benign’ habit ‘has in fact immediate and/or deferred cascading effects on multiple physiological and behavioural functions’. Infants and children who breathe through their mouths due to nasal obstruction are likely to develop crooked teeth, and a longer, narrower face, permanently affecting their appearance. Mouth-breathing also has a significant impact on the health of the child, including restriction of the lower airways, poor quality of sleep, high stress levels, and a lower quality of life. Research has suggested that habitual mouth-breathing may even be connected to sudden infant death syndrome.
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