A 43-year-old member asked:
how can mouth breathing affect face structure?
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Dr. James Bates answered
35 years experience Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Good question!: Breathing through the mouth during growth and development affects facial structure in several ways. First of all, if you can't breathe through your nose, mouth-breathing is the result. Nasal breathing, with the mouth closed, is the norm. Mouth-breathing leads to vertical growth of the face, with downward growth and a very narrow width of the upper jaw, and development of an anterior open bite.
Answered on Jul 9, 2017
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