Airway Health

Airway - The path that air follows to get into and out of the lungs

Health - The state of being free from illness or injury

Have you been privileged to hear the first cry of a newborn infant? It is one of the sweetest sounds you will hear. It’s the babies way of greeting the world, saying “Hello, I am here!”

Within the first 10 seconds of birth, a baby takes its first breath.

During infancy, the suck/swallow action of the tongue, mouth and surrounding facial muscles during breast/chest feeding all act together to develop and encourage forward facial growth. This is paramount in promoting a healthy airway.

We understand breast/chest feeding is not for everyone. As a 6 month old infant becomes a toddler, there are non choking hazard chew toys to help promote proper airway development. Instilling good habits will benefit the individual for the rest of their life. To learn more click on this Youtube video How a Baby's Mouth is Specially Formed to Help Breastfeeding.

As children grow, proper breathing is essential to their health, development, and educational success. Early detection and correction of airway problems is integral to optimizing this fundamental and critical physiology. Airway screenings can be done by your local myofunctional therapist, trained dentists, orthodontist, registered dental hygienists, speech language pathologist, and ear nose and throat doctors. Left unnoticed or untreated, these babies turn into symptomatic teens and adults.

Compromised airway symptoms by age:

Tongue Tied Infants

  • Difficulty latching properly

  • Milk spills out the sides of mouth

  • Excessive spit up

  • Seen as a fussy baby

  • Gassy


  • Slow feeder

  • Mouth breathing

  • Cat napper

  • Clicking nose when feeding

Toddlers to Adulthood

  • Dark circles under eyes

  • Lower concentration skills

  • No space between primary teeth

  • Tongue tie

  • Hyperactivity ADD/ADHD

  • Poor academic performance

  • Emotional regulation

  • Enlarged adenoids and tonsils

  • Frequent infections

  • Behavioral issues

  • Recessed lower jaws

  • Anxiety/depression

  • Panic attacks

  • Crooked teeth

  • Daytime clenching

  • Jaw jutting

A compromised airway can manifest as any of the symptoms listed above, however more often than not, the airway tends to get overlooked. The act of breathing with proper oxygen fuels our brain and body which are essential to sustaining our lives. We often hear the philosophy, "let's wait and see." If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, why wait?

At Breathing Essentials Myofunctional Therapy, we truly believe that airway health is one of the key missing pieces of the medical/dental world. Why are we seeing so many issues arising in children and adults? Identifying symptoms of a compromised airway at a young age will help facilitate a better adult life.