Do you use an inhaler or nebulizer to control asthma or reactive airway disease? Did you know that the medications that you inhale through your mouth could be affecting the health of your teeth? It’s true! While these essential medications help you breathe easier and control asthma related symptoms, they also coat your teeth as you inhale them, putting you at risk for tooth decay.
This is evident by visible changes in the top front teeth. Enamel may slowly begin to demineralize, leaving white frosty surfaces over the teeth. Areas between the teeth may even begin to develop cavities. The more frequently you use the medication, the more at risk you are. Each time you inhale the medication; it coats the teeth directly in front of the mouthpiece.
Rinsing off Your Teeth
Of course you don’t want to stop using your inhaler or nebulizer. Instead, it is recommended that you rinse your mouth thoroughly with water after using your inhaler. This will rinse the medication away without the risk of you spreading it across the teeth with a toothbrush. Brushing after using the medication may be just as harmful, as the abrasiveness combined with the medication does more harm than good. Similar advice is given to people with chronic acid reflux disease or bulimic tendencies.
Remineralize with Fluoride
Consider adding fluoride to your daily oral hygiene routine. Fluoridated rinses are available over the counter or your dentist can prescribe higher strength gels. Ultimately it is extremely important for you to have your teeth examined on a regular basis in order to identify risk-prone areas before they result in functional or aesthetic concerns.
Posted on behalf of:
Springhill Dental Health Center
4620 Spring Hill Ave
Mobile, AL 36608
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