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How Asthma Affects Dental Health, and Precautions You Should Take

May 18, 2018

Asthma and gum disease can go hand in hand. Research shows that people with gum disease are five times more likely to develop asthma. And it works both ways: People with asthma are more likely to develop oral health issues, such as cavities, oral sores, and gum disease. Here’s why.

A respiratory condition makes it more difficult to breathe, so people with asthma tend to breathe through their mouths. What’s more, inhaler medications tend to dry out the mouth. A dry mouth means more bacteria to cause havoc and less saliva to wash it away. Fortunately, there are ways to safeguard your oral health.

  • Brush your teeth at least twice daily, and floss once per day.
  • Rinse your mouth with water or brush your teeth after using your inhaler.
  • Drink water throughout the day. Staying hydrated can counteract dry mouth.
  • Cut back on sugary foods and drinks that can promote cavities.
  • Treat allergies and other congestion to minimize mouth breathing.
  • Ask your dentist about additional strategies to keep your teeth healthy while treating your asthma.