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Old 02-12-2013, 10:27 AM   #1
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Really interesting article on mouth breathing and facial development

This was new information to me, so I'm sharing it in case anyone else is interested
http://www.buteykochildren.com/mouth...evelopment.php

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Old 02-12-2013, 11:46 AM   #3
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My 19 yr old was a mouth breather until we got his tonsils out at age 8. The dentist said his mouth breathing caused his cross bite and subsequent need for braces.
On another note, several mouth breathers I know keep their bottom chin jutted out and their tongue showing.
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Oh wow. My 2y is a mouth breather. Has misaligned teeth. DS1 wasnt..he has become now. But he has perfectly aligned teeth.
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Wow, interesting reading.
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Interesting read. I wonder if there were/are more studies to duplicate the findings. During my studies in graduate school, I do know mouth breathing does impact the shape of the mouth/lips and can impact articulation (tongue and lip manipulation and placement).

I would be interested to see if they could study WHY some children become mouth breathers and address those issues instead of just focusing on the actual results of mouth breathing (e.g. tonsil issues, apnea, allergies, and genetics). Being a former child that had huge teeth and a small jaw from infanthood (genetics), as well as huge tonsils/adenoids, and who had traditional orthodontics...its an interesting read and I'm interested in what came first or impact my jaw shape the most. My face shape doesn't meet Dr. Mew's view although I did mouth breath from time to time.
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Very interesting. I just noticed that my 5 year old has a crossbite and we are starting orthodontics to expand her jaw very soon. I'm wondering if she breathes through her mouth at night...
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Interesting. Makes me wonder about the habits of some family members with some of those facial features.


He needs to ditch the butterflies, though.
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Old 02-13-2013, 01:29 AM   #10
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It is an interesting theory but based on the website with all those butterflies and some of the people quoted I am highly skeptical of the claims it is making. They are too out there. Anecdotal so it doesn't mean anything but I needed braces and I am not and never was a mouth breather

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