• Dr Phil Rigby

ASTHMA AND YOUR DENTAL HEALTH


Asthma is a growing public health problem and its effects on your dental health can have a great impact on your quality of life. There are side effects of commonly prescribed asthma medications to reopen airways and reduce inflammation which need to be understood so that you can control your asthma but enjoy good oral health as well.

Your teeth may be more susceptible to dental decay and erosion due to the way asthma medication can reduce the flow and quality of saliva which is vital to neutralize acids and provide an antibacterial cleanser for your teeth. This problem is made worse by mouth breathing which dries the mouth.

Some asthma medications are acidic themselves which weakens tooth enamel or in the case of dry powder inhalers or syrups may contain carbohydrates which can directly lead to dental decay.

Being asthmatic may make you more susceptible to gum disease and oral thrush due to decrease saliva flow and suppression of your immune system. This all sounds bad but there are measures that can be taken to ensure your Dental health does not suffer.

  • Firstly speak with your Doctor and Pharmacist to ensure that your asthma medication is optimised for your situation.

  • See your Dentist regularly for check-ups.

  • Rinse out with water after taking your medication and try to stay more hydrated in general.

  • Chew sugar-free chewing gum.

Prevention as always is far better than a cure, and your team of Dentists here in Kenmore are more than happy to help.

For more information see

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1834-7819.2010.01226.x/pdf


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