I have found some interesting researchFebruary 6 2012 at 11:31 PM
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My sons issue is mouth-breathing. He has mouth-breathed himself into a cross bite. I never realized (until the pediatric dentist pointed it out to me) how serious mouth breathing is for a child's facial development, sinus problems, dental problems. And orthodontics wont be effective unless we get the mouth breathing under control. We dont know if its from tonsils/adenoids, or just some sort of a habit. His adenoids and tonsils are moderately enlarged, but he doesnt snore, so it is tough to say whether taking the tonsils out will solve the problem. (Yes, I have gone in his room and watched him sleep!)
I found that there are special dentists trained in orthotropics. At a young age, they use exercises to train the child to keep their mouth to stay closed. When kids are about 6, they start with a series of retainers to push the upper jaw out and correct the cross bite.
The ENT also suggested we could try nasal spray to see if that makes a difference in his mouth breathing. I plan on doing the nasal spray and the exercises. I have located a dentist who works with kids even younger than him.
If the nasal spray and mouth exercises dont work, then well do the surgery this summer when Im off work.
- Good luck! - keiki's makuahine on Feb 7, 2012, 7:39 AM