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Asthma Could Be Bad News for Your Oral Health

Posted on 3/20/2016 by Boeckel
A man suffering from asthma holding an inhaler.In the United States alone, about 20 million people have asthma, and unfortunately, this can lead to adverse oral health effects in addition to the overall health consequences.

More patients living with asthma are taking medications to control the disease, and while these drugs are crucial for maintaining respiratory health, they can lead to increased incidence of gum disease, bad breath, and cavities.

Asthma and Oral Health

Both adults and kids with asthma can see adverse effects on their oral health. People with asthma tend to breathe out of their mouths, and when medications like corticosteroids are added to the mix, the end result could be a reduction in saliva.

This condition is known as dry mouth, and since saliva has an important cleansing effect on the mouth, the end result could be an increased risk of developing cavities. People who don't maintain a good oral health regimen can also lead to gum disease, redness, and inflammation.

Talk to Your Dentist about Asthma

If you have asthma, it is important to have a conversation with your dentist about your condition. Your dentist will need to know about any medications that you are taking and other mechanisms you are using to control your asthma.

Certain medications could cause dry mouth and other side effects that could be detrimental to your oral health, and your dentist could recommend treatment methods to correct these issues.

What You Can Do
In addition to speaking to your dentist, there are other steps that you can take in order to keep your asthma under control and to promote oral health. Make sure that you drink water frequently throughout the day to keep your mouth lubricated, and make sure you are diligent about flossing and brushing.

Additionally, you should always rinse out your mouth with a fluoride mouthwash or water every time that you use your inhaler.

Please contact us if you have any questions about asthma's effect on your oral health.

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