Oxygen is vital to every aspect of life – cognition, emotions, exercise and sleep. Could you be doing better in one of these areas? Critical to oxygen transfer is healthy airways, and airway health is governed by many factors. Factors that contribute to airway health include:
- facial habits
- breathing route (nose or mouth)
- eating habits
- silent reflux
Each of these factors can traumatise the airway causing breathing problems and further health problems.
Sleep and Airway Issues
Increasingly doctors are understanding that airway problems are the number one cause of disturbed sleep. Each of the following has been linked to poor airway health and/or airway occlusion at night:
- sleep apnoea
- upper airway resistance syndrome (UARS)
- bruxing (teeth grinding)
- poor sleep quality
- daytime sleepiness
Improving breathing habits and orofacial habits, along with making some simple lifestyle changes, can turn airway health around. You can feel better!
Airway Development in Children
Good healthy orofacial habits and breathing habits are critical to the development of healthy wide airways in children. Good habits at a young age promote wider airways, which promotes wider facial features. This means the child’s jaws are wider, allowing enough room for straight teeth and creating wider airways. Helping your child develop a wide healthy airway now means that they have a lower likelihood of developing snoring and sleep apnoea. One big bonus of addressing orofacial habits sooner rather than latter is that expensive dental and orthodontic bills are more likely to be avoided. Whatever your child’s age, and whether or not they have braces, it is never too late to start. If you have a child who is developing crowded or crooked teeth contact us today.