versión impresa ISSN 1516-1846
versión On-line ISSN 1982-0216
CUNHA, Daniele Andrade da et al. Mouth breathing in children and its repercussions in the nutritional state. Rev. CEFAC [online]. 2007, vol.9, n.1, pp.47-54. ISSN 1516-1846. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1516-18462007000100007.
PURPOSE: identify nutritional state, masticatory function, respiratory mode, sense of smell and sense of taste among mouth breathing children. METHODS: nasal aeration, mastication, nutritional state of 77 mouth breathing children and 154 nasal breathers children between six and ten years were evaluated. RESULTS: mouth breathers exhibited alterations in the masticatory pattern when compared to the nasal-breathers, but did not have statistical significance in nutritional state. CONCLUSION: the oral-breathing children had more alteration in sleep, reduction in the ingestion of carbohydrate and increase in ingestion of lipids, however, no consistent data were found pointing out the association between mouth breathing and nutritional condition.
Palabras clave : Mouth Breathing; Nutritional Status; Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences.