Is Your Child a Mouth-Breather? There's New Help at the Dentist

September 19, 2014 9:19 PM

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"If you can see or hear your child breathing, that's a problem," said Dr. Benedict Miraglia, a dentist in Mount Kisco, New York, who spoke at a recent seminar, "ADHD and The Role of Sleep," in Hartsdale, New York. Seeing or hearing what should be silent and invisible is a clue to obstructed airways -- which are often associated with snoring and sleep apnea, and increasingly, in children, with jaw malformation, a bad bite, sleep-deprivation and even ADHD and ADD -- all of which can stem from mouth-breathing, which he says is also associated with degenerative inflammatory diseases later in life.

In an April 2013 New York Times piece titled, "Diagnosing the Wrong Deficit," clinical assistant professor of psychiatry at the NYU School of Medicine Dr. Vatsal G. Thakkar points to ways in which sleep deprivation can masquerade as an attention deficit disorder. "Researchers and reporters are incre...

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