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Because it’s so natural, we really don’t consider how we breathe and how it may affect our general and oral health.

Your nose is designed to filter, warm and humidify the air you breathe. Ideally you should breathe in through your nose 8-12 times per minute, with your tongue in a resting position on your palate.

For children who breathe through their mouth the upper and lower jaws not develop to their full potential, the air will not be filtered and posture can also be affected.

At Infinity Dental Care Winston Hills, we work very closely with other health professionals, such as ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat specialists) paediatricians, sleep physicians and breathing specialists.

Less than 5% of people breathe efficiently. To assess your airway, nasal cavity and breathing we will complete a series of diagnostic tests which may include:

• Digital x-rays and a CBCT scan
• Perform tests to determine if there’s any blockage in breathing
• Oral and Oropharyngeal Examination, including looking at your palate, back of the throat, tongue size, tonsils and adenoids
• Patient forms for you to fill out and analyse your answers
• Free referral to a specialist to assess your breathing and the amount of oxygen you receive when you inhale.

On average you will swallow 500-1000 a day. Ideally your tongue should be resting on the roof of your mouth. In this way your upper jaw may develop to its full potential with enough room for your lower jaw to accommodate all 32 adult teeth.

Often overlooked, yet imbalances in the way we breathe affects body chemistry and blood pH, the first step in all diseases.

Carbon dioxide is the critical factor in ensuring that oxygen is released by your red blood cells and helps energise every cell in your body. And with 20 per cent of the oxygen we breathe being used by the brain, bad breathing or airway can result in slower brain function and reduced body function. Due to the haemoglobin in your blood not realising oxygen throughout the body, you may feel like you have less energy.

You may not know:

• Bigger and deeper breaths actually reduce the amount of oxygen that is available – not increase it
• Breathing in through the NOSE and out through the MOUTH is the wrong way to breathe
• Dysfunctional breathing makes the body more acidic and prone to dental problems
• Dysfunctional breathing can result in narrower upper and lower jaws resulting in crowding of teeth.

Incorrect breathing can affect every one of the body’s eleven functional systems and may cause everything from night-time trips to the toilet to crooked teeth and narrow jaws in children.

For a full assessment of your airway and breathing schedule a consultation appointment with Dr Jack at Infinity Dental Care Winston Hills. Call us on (02) 9838 9111 or visit our dental practice at 180 Caroline Chisholm Drive, Winston Hills NSW 2153.

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