Mouth breathing can spell trouble for children


April 23, 2010 2:54:01 PM PDT
A new study in general dentistry finds chronic mouth breathers, most often children with allergies, have problems getting enough oxygen into their blood.

That in turn affects their size, weight, sleep and even school performance.

The study published in general dentistry calls mouth breathing an unrecognized epidemic that needs immediate attention.

Scientist's say consequences include unattractive facial and dental development, insufficient oxygen in the bloodstream resulting in fitful sleep, tiredness during the day and poor performance in school that can sometimes be misdiagnosed as ADHD.

They add that it is often corrected when tonsils and adenoids are removed, but this procedure isn't done as routinely as it once was.