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prevention International magazine for oral health No. 1, 2017

ADVERTORIAL: A NEW PERSPECTIVE incorrectly shaped dummies or suck their thumbs end up with jaw misalignment and improper tooth positioning. In many children, this results in mouth breathing, which can have massive consequences for their health. What is mouth breathing and why does it happen? When we talk about mouth breathing, we are referring to breathing in which air reaches our lungs through the mouth or oral cavity. Generally, one only breathes through one’s mouth if the nose is unable to take in enough oxygen. For example, this happens at times of physical or men- tal stress; it also often happens during sleep. There are several possible reasons for mouth breathing: jaw misalignment, such as a high palate and the resulting improper tooth positioning, for example. september 2017 15

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