Dental Tips Blog

Aug
9

Oral Health and Asthma

Asthma continues to affect a growing number of our population, but managing asthma is very feasible when attention is paid to avoiding triggers and managing your symptoms with medicine. If you’re an asthmatic and take medication such as albuterol, you’ve probably noticed that under the directions for use, you’re supposed to rinse your mouth thoroughly with water after taking it. This has nothing to do with the effectiveness of your medication, but rather it helps protect your teeth.

Medications used for treating asthma can cause erosion of the teeth due to a reduction of pH in the mouth. The powdered medicine coats tooth surfaces and thereby encourages the erosion of healthy enamel unless it is removed. When people take these medications on a regular basis, their risk of tooth decay, sensitivity or other dental damage increases tremendously.

Do not discontinue your medications without consulting your doctor. Instead, you can help reduce the risk of developing decay by thoroughly rinsing your mouth with water after every dose of medicine is breathed in from your inhaler. This removes residual powder from your teeth and decreases the risk of enamel damage. Even better yet, add a fluoride rinse to your oral care routine each day. Over the counter fluoride rinses are effective in remineralizing weakened dental enamel and keeping tooth decay at bay. Be sure to use fluoridated toothpaste at least twice a day and drink tap water instead of bottled water, as municipal water supplies have regulated fluoride levels that promote dental health.

If you suspect that your sensitivity is caused by medications that you take, or you simply want to have your teeth checked for cavities, schedule a visit with your Kennesaw dentist for a preventive care visit today.

Posted on behalf of Kennesaw Mountain Dental Associates

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