You may visit a dentist just to have your teeth taken care of, but it’s important to understand how asthma and other types of medical conditions can impact the quality of oral health that you experience.
At the Appointment
One of the biggest risks in dentistry for asthma-sufferers is forgetting to bring their inhaler to the appointment!
Really, though, how likely are you to have an attack?
Actually, your chances are pretty high. A dental office is a clean place, free of most allergens, but there are a lot of aerosols generated during your visit. Tiny water droplets are whisked into a mist through the use of high-powered instruments that clean, prepare, restore, and polish teeth. These microscopic droplets can give the airways quite a tickle, if inhaled.
An asthma attack can also be triggered by anxiety. It is especially important that you feel free to communicate your concerns to during your visit, so that your dental provider can help you feel more relaxed.
The medication that you depend upon can increase your risk of tooth decay, dry mouth, gum disease, and bad breath. Asthma medications tend to reduce saliva in your mouth. Saliva is a natural cleanser and protectant and bacteria proliferate when the salivary flow is reduced. It is essential that you are vigilant about brushing and flossing! Use lots of fluoride to strengthen your teeth, and try to rinse your mouth with water after each time you use your inhaler.
Your dentist will help you balance your overall health with a beautiful healthy smile! See your dentist at least twice a year, and use supplemental fluoride to keep your enamel strong.
Posted on behalf of:
Pure Dental Health
2285 Peachtree Rd #203
Atlanta, GA 30309
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