Oral Health and Asthma: Managing Dental Care for Asthmatic Patients
Asthma and oral health are two seemingly unrelated conditions, but there is a growing body of research that suggests a link between the two. Similar to other health conditions, people with asthma are at increased risk for developing certain oral health problems. Wondering about which oral health problems? Keep reading!
How is Asthma Linked to Oral Health?
There are several reasons asthma contributes to an increased risk for oral health problems. The main factor is that asthma medications can reduce saliva production. Saliva plays an important role in protecting the teeth and gums from bacteria and acids. When saliva production is reduced, the mouth becomes more susceptible to cavities and gum disease.
Studies also show that individuals with asthma are more prone to acid erosion. It is unknown if this is due to reduced saliva flow, the pH of asthma medications, or increased incidence of GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease). Also, individuals with asthma are at increased risk of oral thrush, also known as an oral yeast infection..
Managing Dental Care with Asthma
For everyone, especially those with asthma, consistent and regular dental care is essential for maintaining good oral and overall health. Some tips to navigate dental care with asthma include:
- Choose a dentist who has experience treating asthmatic patients. An experienced dentist will be able to develop a treatment plan tailored to your individual needs and take into account your asthma.
- Let your dentist know about all of your medications, including asthma medications. This will help your dentist to choose the best treatment options for you and to avoid any potential interactions with your asthma medications.
- Tell your dentist if you have ever had an asthma attack during a dental procedure. This will help your dentist put measures in place to prevent an asthma attack from happening during your procedure.
Here are some additional tips for maintaining good oral health if you have asthma:
- Brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes with fluoride toothpaste.
- Floss daily.
- Use a mouthwash to freshen your breath and kill bacteria.
- Drink plenty of water to help with dry mouth.
- Avoid sugary and acidic drinks and snacks.
Comprehensive Dental Care in Monroe, WA
Whether you have asthma, or someone close to you does, it’s always important to work with your local dentist to develop a treatment plan best for you. At Donald Kim DDS, we provide comprehensive dental care and would be happy to help you learn more about managing oral care with health conditions. Contact us today!
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