Designed to help encourage proper function of the mouth when performing everyday movements and activities, myofunctional therapy is an effective way to develop proper breathing techniques and avoid a number of common dental issues.
Why Is Mouth Breathing Bad?
It’s easy enough to simply assume that breathing through your mouth is just no big deal. If it’s such a problem, why do we do it so easily? The truth actually lies in the impressively complex natural filtration system that exists in your nose, which gets put to work filtering out harmful agents when you breathe throughout the day.
When breathing through your nose, your nasal cavity gets the chance to “purify” the air as it passes through. When breathing through your mouth, this filtration system is bypassed, and the tissues in your adenoids and tonsils have to step up and do the heavy lifting. This can cause them to become overgrown, making nasal breathing even more difficult.
Eventually, this can create a kind of feedback loop wherein you are continuously breathing out of your mouth, which eventually can have serious negative impacts on the shape and development of your upper jaw due to improper positioning of your tongue. Eventually, this can lead to the development of an “open bite,” which requires orthodontic correction.