Over 20 million Americans are affected by asthma, a common chronic inflammatory disease of the airways caused characterized by variable and recurring symptoms and reversible airflow obstruction.
Asthmatic adults and children have the tendency to be mouth breathers, which combined with asthma medications, can lead to dry mouth because of the decreased saliva flow. This can also lead to bad breath and cavities.
In addition asthma inhalers may irritate the back roof of the mouth, causing an infection, which if not treated, can spread and affect the throat and the rest of the mouth. You should rinse your mouth every time you use an inhaler.
With these conditions and possible consequences in mind, asthmatics have to be extra vigilant with their dental care. Extra dental visits other than the two per year are advised to prevent gum disease and cavities.
Asthmatics are also especially at risk for dental anxiety before appointments. It is recommended that patients should breathe regularly and slowly during dental procedures, as a quickening breath decreases oxygen levels and increases feelings of panic.
If you make frequent use of an inhaler, you should use some fluoride interventions, such as fluoride supplements, which help preserve the enamel on your teeth and protect against cavities.
In terms of scheduling appointments, you should schedule appointments for late mornings or the afternoon, when you may be under less pressure.
For more information on dental tips for asthmatics, or to make an appointment, contact the offices of Noble Smile today.