At Valley Dental, we want to highlight that May is Asthma Awareness Month. With over 20 million Americans diagnosed with Asthma, dentists are frequently seeing more and more oral health issues caused by asthma.
How is my oral health affected by asthma?
Adults and children that are asthmatic often see a correlation between their oral health and asthma. Breathing through ones mouth is a common tendency in asthmatic people, which often causes them to have dry mouths. Combined with asthma medications that decrease saliva flow, which is needed as a cleanser for the mouth. When asthmatic people constantly breathe through the mouth and use asthma medications, a condition known as “Dry Mouth” can develop and leads to bad breath and cavities. Along with dry mouth, asthmatics that use inhalers can sometimes develop infections on the back roof of their mouths, caused by irritation, which could then spread to the rest of the mouth and throat*. Should you ever notice symptoms like this occurring, be sure to give us a call right away at (315) 698-6880.
Check out these tips for keeping your asthma under control and maintaining your oral health:
- Tell your dentists if you are asthmatic.
- Explain if your asthma is under control.
- Bring a list of any medications you use in general and for your asthma.
- Rinse your mouth with water every time after you use your inhaler.
- Brush your teeth and floss regularly, as recommended by your dentist.
- Keep your dentist up to date on your concerns about your oral health & asthma.
The information on this website is meant to be strictly educational only. Before making decisions about your oral health, or your oral health and asthma, consult your dentist or doctor. If you feel you are having tooth difficulties with your teeth give us a call at (315) 698-6880.
The oral health information on this web site is intended for educational purposes only. You should always consult a licensed dentist or other qualified health care professional for any questions concerning your oral health.
*”Wheezy? Brush up and bring your inhaler”. Academy of General Dentistry.