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Old 02-07-2013, 11:57 PM
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I am, and I guess it's totally messed up my face and caused a bunch of other mood issues and stuff. Just going to post these to get the word out there, this is unfortunately science that has only cropped up recently so I wasn't lucky enough to catch it before puberty.

Maybe our next generation will:

Mouth Breathing and How it Affects Your Health | Faceology Center for Orofacial Myology
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Old 02-11-2013, 03:10 PM
Location: Atlanta & NYC
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I breathe with my mouth only when I am sleeping or working out. It gets kind of annoying as I'm told it causes snoring and bad breath.
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Old 10-20-2015, 01:52 PM
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Hello my name is Michael Keating and I am 26 years old living in Ottawa, Ontario. I grew up with severe allergies that were never addressed by a physician. I sucked my two fingers since I was 5 years old and breathed through my mouth throughout all of childhood. It led me to have long face syndrome and a disfigured body. I would get bullied in high school all day long. I went in 2005 at the age of 15 to see an orthodontist who recognized I needed braces and/or surgery to fix the bite and be able to look somewhat normal again. However my mom didn’t have the money for braces so the Dentist used a retainer to make my bite normal but not address the jaw and corresponding unattractive facial features. So after about a year and a half my teeth had been moved by the retainer but I still had an open mouth with mouthbreathing and a disfigured jaw. This led me to continue to be bullied at school. I didn’t understand I had a problem with my jaw because I was only a child and my parents didn’t see the problem with my face because they loved me so much. I figured that the orthodontist fixed my problem but I still looked the same and continued to be bullied at school. I found a way to use the muscles of my head and jaw to force my jaw closed and stand up straight so that I wouldn’t be mouthbreathing and I would look normal (I did this in grade 11, 2006). I did this so well that people forgot that I used to look a different way. I continued to force jaw closed and stand up straight instead of leaning forward in a mouthbreatging posture. This led me to feeling better about myself, I went to university and graduated with a degree in biology from Carleton University for which I recieved the President’s Medal (2012). However at this point in my life because of changing my body posture and closing my jaw unnaturally for so many years I developed extreme amounts of pain in my jaw and my whole body. At this point I wanted to go back to my regular mouthbreathing posture to relieve the pain that I felt. However I had been out of the mouthbreathing posture for so long that my body had forgotten it’s proper natural position. I tried to convinvce my family and friends that I actually used to look different when I was 16 and that I needed to get back to my proper body position to relieve all of the muscle tension and pain that I felt. However nobody believed me that I actually looked different before and needed to get back to that position. I have seen countless physiotherapists who can’t quite understand why I have no bend in my neck or bend in my knees anymore. The physiotherapists mainly conclude that I must have been in a terrible car accident, however I never was. Since then I have developed glaucoma in my eyes from the pressure caused by the tension in my forcibly shut jaw. I then for the first time in my life saw an allergist who said I had sever allergies to almost everything and that I needed allergy shots. Now at the age of 26 I have found my regular body position again and feel comfortable to walk around at home looking like a mouth breather with an open mouth, however I can’t bring myself to do it when I am out in the world and not alone in my house. At the present moment I am trying to convince my father of all of this and I need to contact someone who can explain to him that I DID grow up to be disfigured only to find my own way to mask my mouthbreathing posture for the past 10 years (since 2006). I am hoping that you can help me reveal the truth to my family and friends. I can send pictures of my body both in the mouth breathing posture and in the posture that I have created to mask my disfigurement. I have also been to several dentists who see that I have a proper bite but so far no one has been able to recognize the problem with my jaw. As of now I am in a limbo forced to live and work in an unnatural body position that only causes me more pain and an array of other physical problems.
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