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
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
Certain types of health conditions can affect the overall nature of your smile. So can medications. While side effects of some medications cause dry mouth or changes in the gum tissue, medication used to control asthma can actually cause your teeth to develop cavities at a much quicker rate.
Regular use of an inhaler places medication across the surfaces of the front teeth. The ingredients in these medications will cause accelerated tooth decay when exposure rates are frequent. Although breathing is a top priority, you still want to take measures to limit the effects of these medications and control how frequently they are exposed to your teeth.
Always follow your doctor’s recommendation when it comes to controlling asthma symptoms. If you have to use an inhaler, especially on a frequent basis, here are some steps to take to protect your teeth:
• Rinse your mouth thoroughly with water after using your inhaler
• Use a supplemental fluoride rinse or prescription toothpaste every day
• Drink water frequently throughout the day
• See your dentist for regular check-ups to catch cavities as early as possible
Removing the medication from your teeth in a timely manner is very important. Brushing can simply scrub medication across the teeth, creating more of an impact on your enamel. Instead, rinse thoroughly with water immediately after using your inhaler. By using fluoride at the end of each day, you can restore necessary minerals to your teeth. This prevents enamel from weakening and developing decay. An over the counter fluoride rinse is appropriate, or your dentist can prescribe a stronger fluoride if you have a history of frequent cavities.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Michael Juban, Juban Dental Care
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