We already know that Asthma affects your respiratory system, but did you know that it can also affect your oral health? It’s important to know the role asthma plays in the health of your mouth and teeth so that you can take preventative steps and keep a healthy smile on your face.
Breathing through the mouth and using corticosteroid inhalers can cause dry mouth. Some prescription medications also have drying effects on the mouth and lower saliva production. Without adequate saliva, you are at increased risk for:
- Plaque build-up
- Tooth decay
- Gum disease
- Bad breath
If you are experiencing dry mouth, come see us. We can assess the severity of the problem and provide treatment and preventive recommendations.
Oral thrush can occur when the inhaler causes a fungal infection leading to an increased growth of yeast (thrush) in the mouth and throat. The symptoms of oral thrush are:
- White, yellow or cream-colored patches in the mouth that can be wiped away
- Burning sensation in the mouth
- Sensitivity to acidic and/or spicy foods
If you notice any of these symptoms, do not hesitate to make an appointment. Oral thrush is easily treated, but can spread when left unattended, so it’s important to have it checked promptly. We will assess your condition and provide you with the appropriate care. In the meantime, you can try rinsing your mouth with a fluoride mouthwash after using your inhaler.
We recommend that asthma sufferers pay close attention to oral hygiene because you may be more prone to inflammation and disease. Although you are more vulnerable to dental conditions, routine dental care at home and professional care at our office can greatly reduce these risks.
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