Asthma is easily triggered during fall months. Did you know that asthma can contribute to your oral health? Treatments for asthma, such as corticosteroids inhalers can cause dental conditions such as dry mouth and oral thrush. These conditions may cause problems such as increased plaque, cavities, gingivitis, TMJ disorder, and poor smelling breath. Please contact our dental office in Vienna, VA if you’d like to schedule an exam to address oral health conditions related to asthma treatment.
Asthma suffers are often forced to breathe through their mouths, which causes dry mouth. Furthermore, dry mouth is also a side effect from asthma inhalers. When dry mouth is present, less saliva is produced. Saliva is very important for keeping your mouth clean. Dry mouth increases your risk of developing tooth decay, cavities, and gum disease. If you notice a drier than usual mouth, please contact our Vienna dentist. Doing so can help prevent additional dental problems.
Oral thrush may occur when the inhaler causes an increased growth of yeast (thrush) in the mouth and throat. Thrush produces white patches on the tongue and throughout your mouth. Rinsing your mouth with water or fluoride mouthwash after using your inhaler will help decrease the growth of thrush. The use of inhalers can also irritate your mouth and cause lesions, which we provide treatment for at our office.
If you suffer from asthma, we recommend paying close attention to your daily oral hygiene habits, as you may be more prone to inflammation and disease. Although asthma sufferers may be more vulnerable to dental problems, routine dental care at home and quality dental care from our dentist in Vienna will greatly reduce these risks.
Contact our Vienna, VA dentist to schedule an appointment today!