Open-mouth breathing is often a sign that something is seriously wrong. The human body is designed to breathe through the nose. Open-mouth breathing is caused by allergies, asthma or airborne illnesses that block the nasal passages. It can also be caused by physical abnormalities such as deviated septums. Other causes of open-mouth breathing are enlarged tonsils that push tongues forward and restrict airways as well as shortened frenums and dental malocclusions that prevent comfortable lip closure.
If the mouth is frequently open, many complications may occur; the jaw may not line up properly and an unhealthy bite (malocclusion) may develop. Open-mouth breathing can also lead to postural abnormalities, sleep apnea and ongoing respiratory related illnesses.
How Can We Help?
The specialists at Jodie K. Schuller & Associates are professional speech and language therapists, many with over 25 years of experience in communicative disorders. Licensed by the state of California as speech-language pathologists, our therapists have completed advanced training in oral-motor development taught by leading experts in the field such as Sara Rosenfeld-Johnson, MS, CCC-SLP, and Char Boshart, M.A., CCC-SLP. This training has prepared our therapists to diagnose and treat oral-motor disorders involving drooling, chewing, swallowing and open-mouth breathing as well as speech production disorders. Therapists have also been trained through the International Association of Orofacial Mylogy (IAOM) to identify and treat unhealthy tongue thrusts and improper tongue resting postures. With this advanced training, therapists are prepared to eliminate thumb sucking and to treat individuals who suffer from serious related issues such as Temporomandibular Joint Pain (TMJ), chronic headaches and sleep apnea.