General clinical signs visible on mouth breathers:
- Incorrect posture- shoulders are rolled forwards- lowers the capacity of the lungs to accommodate oxygen
- Venous pooling under the eyes (dark rings/circles under the eyes)
- Dry skin and lips
- Lower lip is rolled downwards and outwards
- Thickening of the middle nasal concha around the bridge of the nose
- Lower thicker frenal attachment- large space present between the upper central incisors. The central incisors diverge outwards
All the above signs are typical of a mouth breather Kindly refer to the article links below for further information on the implications mouth breathing has on overall growth and development of the face and jaws, as well as the rest of the body.