More people are suffering from rhinitis with increasing traffic exposure and air pollution by industrialization. There are different types of rhinitis: acute, chronic, hypertrophic, atrophic, and allergic and more. The prognosis of rhinitis can be months or years and it could be worse with allergic rhinitis. Rhinitis can be caused by sinus infection, rapid change in temperature or humid, fatigue, excessive drinking, vitamin deficiency, sinusitis, dusts, cigarette smoke, endocrine disorder, and many more. There is all the difference between mouth breathing and nose breathing.
According to Dr. Ogura's experiment, mouth breathing gets 20% less oxygen and 20% more carbon dioxides in the blood than what nose breathing gets in the blood. Lack of oxygen in the blood can cause various symptoms such as lack of concentration, failure of one's memory, feeling fatigue, etc.
Also, according to Dr. Menashe's experiment, lack of oxygen in the blood can cause Cor Pulmonale (or Pulmonary Hear Disease), a change in structure and function of the right ventricle of the heart as a result of a respiratory disorder.
So it is not just about of stuffed nose and we should be more cautious of damages in our bodies. Let's think about the causes of rhinitis in orthodontic points of view.
>>First, A case with smaller maxillary bone.
In this case, the palate is deeper and narrower. As a result, the nasal tract gets smaller which gives discomfort in nose breathing that a person tends to breathe through mouth more easily which would eventually cause many problems. For example, one would tend to protrude one's head to insure a place for airway and this would deliver an abnormal posture as a result of cervical vertebrae and back bone disorder which would consequently affect one's general health. In addition, a tongue comes down and covers lower molars to help mouth breathing. Then, lower molars are ceased to ascend that the lower facial height gets shortened. Also, when a tongue is at rest, it is laid down that it pushes the palate infirmly and the cheeks, as oppose to the tongue, gets pulled into the mouth more powerfully that the palate gets deepened more. And this would cause a more serious rhinitis.
>>Second, A case with autonomic nerve imbalance
As mentioned above, a trigeminal nerve would send too many signals when there are problems with teeth to the brain that it could cause confusion on the signals sent to other nerves from the brain. In other side, if a mandibular condyle in TMJ is moved to posterosuperior corner, the temporal bone on posterior region is constantly stressed and transformed that would affect nerve going through it to cause nasal mucus and make rhinitis severe. Also, a malocclusion can highly affect sympathetic nerves through superior cervical sympathetic ganglion.
One professor from otorhinolaryngology division in university hospital said, 'the nasal mucus membrane is a place where countless bloodstreams are and the autonomic nerves become the most active.' and that, 'the immune antibodies can be called as the last elements to cause allergy. And this may be because of the primary elements such as autonomic nerves which control immune antibody function. He means that although allergic rhinitis are shown mainly with people who have many immune globulins called lgE, the most important thing would have to do with the problem in autonomic nerves. The relationship of autonomic nerves, allergic rhinitis, and many other rhinitis are well described in the book 'Stellate Ganglion Block'.
I personally have had many cases curing many different rhinitis through orthodontic treatment and the prognosis was good.
This 8th grade patient got his nose stuffed hard by allergic rhinitis that he was literally blowing all day. He has been to many popular hospitals and found no solution and he came to my clinic from other doctor's recommendation. In examination, I couldn't find any major problems but his maxillary premolar was forced in and had front teeth separate by 2mm on both upper and lower. His mother wanted me to give him a treatment anyway since she wanted to have her son calibrated. Then it was after two weeks since he got calibration that he was 80% better with rhinitis. After a month, he only needed to blow once a few days. It has been 3 years and nothing got worse. He is senior in high school that he doesn't get any treatments but when I checked them his mother said they were perfectly fine.
I was suffering from TMJ dysfunction when I was introduced to Dr. Hwang from a colleague. I happen to read the book before I met him, and the book actually sounded quite exaggerated. But I wanted to put hopes in it and decided to get the treatment. Beside TMJ dysfunction, I was also suffering from rhinitis and ozena for 20 years since middle school. I've been to a lot of hospital and took many medicines but nothing got better. I always had yellow nose. One the day I put the device on, a nurse told me to quip antibiotics for yellow nose and I did. I was a little suspicious, and the yellow nose kept coming out that day. But then tree days passed and I didn't have any yellow nose and not even runny nose. After a month, it completely stopped. It was unbelievable. I couldn't believe it that I thought it would come out all clustered together someday. But I was wrong. I feel perfectly fine with it and my nose doesn't get worse even with a cold. I have a lot of cavities and most of them were done with amalgam. Dr. Hwang told me that amalgam is bad for health and I should change them to resin. To do so, it would cost me a fortune that I hesitated. But with the device, TMJ got much better though it still hurt when I take the device out. I don't need to take any antibiotics and I believe I can better as time flows. It was amazing to experience what the book said. I thank Dr. Hwang and I hope many other people would get this good treatments!
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