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Myofunctional Therapy for Mouth Breathers

Breathing is a natural process that most of us take for granted. It’s easy, simple and important for living.

Breathing allows us to inhale oxygen and release waste from our bodies. No living being can survive without breathing.

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However, correct breathing is done through the nose. Deep, nasal breathing can improve your mental and physical health and well-being. In many cases, people breathe through their mouths, which can cause a number of health complications.

Mouth breathing 101

When you breathe through your nose, you filter out dust and other allergens and allow oxygen to travel throughout your body. Your nose is a filter that traps dust, pollen and other harmful environmental agents present in the air. The nostrils prevent dry air from entering the lungs.

Nose breathing can maintain body temperature, fight infections and ensure better blood flow and brain functioning.

On the other hand, chronic mouth breathing is a cause for concern. Mouth breathing can cause hyperventilation.

When you breathe through your mouth, you are likely to hyperventilate. Your blood vessels and arteries will constrict to reach a proper balance. This will deprive your body of oxygen.

Causes of mouth breathing

There are several illnesses or physical deformities that can cause mouth breathing. These include asthma, tongue-tie, allergies, nasal congestion, sleep apnea, nasal septum deviation, tonsil enlargement and more.

Effects

Chronic mouth breathing can lead to a host of health issues, which includes but is not limited to, dry mouth, increased risk of dental complications (gum disease, tooth decay, etc.),  sleep apnea, high blood pressure, heart disease, and more.

How Myofunctional Therapy Can Help You

Myofunctional therapy, also known as orofacial myofunctional therapy, targets specific areas of the face. These include the face, lips, mouth and jaws.

When you breathe through your mouth, your tongue rests on the floor of your mouth. Consequently, it can change your jaw development, teeth positioning, facial appearance and development of the airways. Mouth breathing can interfere with your ability to chew, swallow, eat or speak properly.

A knowledgeable myofunctional therapist can get to the root of the problem and help you restore dysfunctional muscles and improve your breathing behaviors.

If you are searching for myofunctional therapy, contact Connected Dots. A brainchild of Olga Fazlyeva, Connected Dots offers personalized myofunctional therapy plans to people of all ages.

Connected Dots provides myofunctional therapy services online, via Skype. No matter where you live, you can easily schedule and access myofunctional therapy sessions at Connected Dots from the comfort of your home.  Book a 30-minute free consultation now!

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Nancy

Nancy

I’m Nancy and no, I didn’t always look like I do in that picture on the right. My foray into health and fitness began as a brace-faced, 16 year-old who was too afraid to wear a two-piece at the beach because I felt my body paled in comparison to my much more toned friends.

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