FACIAL GROWTH &
Breathing Plays a Significant Role in Facial Development.
As a child grows and develops, the way they breathe can actually play a significant role in their developing facial structures. We now know that much of a child’s growth and development occur in the first 18 months of life.
By the age of 6, their facial development is 60% completed.
At age 12 years old a child’s facial development is 90% completed.
Muscles functioning properly, good nutrition and the ability to breathe normally through the nose will influence facial development in a positive manner.
So what happens to facial development when a child breathes through their mouth instead of their nose?
Due to mouth breathing, the upper face doesn’t develop to its full potential, causing midface deficiency. As the tongue rests low in the mouth, it encourages the lower jaw to grow more vertically giving the child a longer face. As this happens it sets the child up for more breathing pattern disorders in the future. The earlier in a person’s life we can address mouth breathing and transform those dysfunctional breathing patterns to a healthy way of breathing, the better overall health and appearance a person will have.