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Managing Oral Health with Asthma

Published on Monday, July 8, 2024

Managing Oral Health with Asthma

Oral Health and Asthma Connection

Asthma is a chronic respiratory condition affecting millions worldwide, but did you know asthma can also affect oral health? Here are some interesting facts about how asthma can affect your teeth and gums: 

  1. Dry Mouth: Inhalers used to manage asthma symptoms can sometimes lead to dry mouth, a condition with reduced saliva flow. Saliva protects teeth against decay by washing away food particles and neutralizing acids [1]. 
  2. Increased Risk of Cavities: Dry mouth caused by asthma medications can increase the risk of cavities and tooth decay. Without enough saliva to wash away harmful bacteria and acids, teeth become more vulnerable to decay [2]. 
  3. Gum Disease: Studies have shown that people with asthma may be at a higher risk of developing gum disease, also known as periodontal disease. Inflammation in the airways caused by asthma may contribute to inflammation in the gums, leading to gum disease if left untreated [3]. 

Protecting Your Smile: Tips for Managing Oral Health with Asthma 

The good news is that there are steps you can take to minimize the impact of asthma on your oral health. Here are some tips to help you keep your smile healthy and bright: 

  1. Stay Hydrated: Drink plenty of water to help combat dry mouth caused by asthma medications. Keeping your mouth moist can help reduce the risk of cavities and maintain oral health [4]. 
  2. Practice Good Oral Hygiene: Brush your teeth at least twice daily and floss daily to remove plaque and food particles contributing to tooth decay and gum disease. Consider using fluoride toothpaste and mouthwash to strengthen tooth enamel and prevent cavities [5]. 
  3. Regular Dental Checkups: Schedule regular dental checkups with your pediatric dentist to monitor your oral health and address concerns. Your dentist can provide personalized recommendations for maintaining oral health with asthma [6]. 

Resources:

  1. American Dental Association. (2021). Asthma and Oral Health. [https://www.ada.org/en/member-center/oral-health-topics/asthma-and-oral-health

  1. American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. (2021). Asthma and Oral Health. [https://www.aaaai.org/conditions-and-treatments/library/allergy-library/asthma-and-oral-health

  1. Healthline. (2021). How Asthma Affects Oral Health. [https://www.healthline.com/health/asthma/oral-health

  1. Mayo Clinic. (2021). Dry Mouth: Symptoms & Causes. [https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/dry-mouth/symptoms-causes/syc-20356048

  1. American Dental Association. (2021). Oral Health Topics: Brushing Your Teeth. [https://www.ada.org/en/member-center/oral-health-topics/brushing-your-teeth

  1. American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. (2021). Patient Education Materials: Dental Home Resource Center. [https://www.aapd.org/resources/dentalhome/

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