Do you suffer from Asthma and take medication?
Due to the cold weather that we’re having at the moment and also that cough that hangs around, we thought that we’d talk about asthma and medications.
Research has shown that people with asthma are at an increased risk of tooth decay, tooth erosion, gum disease and oral thrush. People with asthma are more likely to breathe through their mouth and the medications used for treating asthma can reduce the production of saliva.
Saliva plays a crucial role in maintaining your oral health – having less saliva in your mouth makes you more prone to dental decay, plaque build-up and gum disease.
Tips to help remain dentally healthy when suffering with Asthma
Take your preventer everyday: this will keep your airways healthy and reduce your risk of an asthma flare up.
Use a spacer with your puffer: this will improve your asthma and protect your teeth. Without a spacer, a lot of asthma medication can stick to the mouth and teeth, reducing saliva and also helping to prevent mouth ulcers.
Rinse and spit after taking your asthma medication: Rinsing your mouth out with water helps to remove any medication that has stuck around in your mouth after you’ve taken your asthma medication. Avoid brushing your teeth after using an inhaler, as it may damage already weakened enamel.
Avoid sugary snacks and drinks: switch to drinking tap water to counteract a dry mouth or bad taste.
Brush twice and floss daily: all age groups should be aware of the importance of good oral hygiene practices.
See your dentist periodically: Let your dentist know that you have asthma and take your asthma medications with you to your dental appointment. Ideally your asthma should be well controlled before undergoing any procedure.