Child airway growth & development
Did you know that children should be breathing through their nose, yet approximately half of all children breathe through their mouth instead? Nose breathing provides more oxygen to the body and allows for healthy tissue and organ function.
We assess children’s airway growth and development to ensure proper breathing habits. We look for problems that need correcting, which can include:
- Crooked or crowded teeth
- Jaw or facial informalities
- Snoring or sleep apnea
- Low energy level
- Difficulty breathing
At your appointment, we will examine your child’s teeth, tongue, cheeks and lips as well as the growth and alignment of their teeth. We will check to see if they are breathing through their nose correctly and may administer a sleeping test to check for signs of sleep apnea or nighttime clenching and grinding if necessary. The results from these examinations and tests will aid us in determining if mouth breathing is an issue and what the proper treatment may be for your child.