Tongue position and nasal breathing is very important in children for early development and long term health. Tongue position affects swallowing, speech and breathing habits.
The greater impacts of tongue position are on jaw and airway development and may result in crowded teeth, tooth grinding, snoring, and sleep apnoea. If you suspect obstruction of breathing during sleep, then a home sleep study is recommended. These are readily available at many pharmacies.
Speak to us if you have concerns regarding the tongue position of your child. There are fact sheets that may also help via the Mouth Matters website.
“Nose is for breathing, mouth is for eating. Just like you don’t eat through your nose, you shouldn’t be breathing through your mouth”