Asthma is easily triggered in fall months. Did you know that asthma also contributes to your oral health? Treatments for asthma such as corticosteroids inhalers can cause oral conditions such as dry mouth and oral thrush to develop. These conditions may cause problems such as cavities, increased plaque, gingivitis, TMJ disorder, and poor smelling breath. Contact our dental office in Buffalo Grove if you’d like to schedule an exam to address concerns about oral health conditions related to asthma treatments.
Many times asthma suffers are forced to breathe through their mouths, which causes dry mouth. Furthermore, dry mouth is also a side effect from asthma inhalers. Saliva is very important for keeping your mouth clean. Your body produces less saliva, when dry mouth is present. Dry mouth increases your risk of developing tooth decay, cavities, and gum disease. If you notice a drier than usual mouth, inform your dentist in Buffalo Grove, IL. Doing so may help prevent additional dental problems.
Oral thrush can occur when the use of an 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 fluoride mouthwash or water after using your inhaler can minimize the growth of oral thrush. Inhalers can also irritate your mouth and cause lesions, which can be treated by our Buffalo Grove dentist.
If you suffer from asthma, we recommend that you watch your oral hygiene habits closely, as you may be more prone to inflammation and disease. Although asthma sufferers may be more vulnerable to dental conditions, routine dental care at home and professional dental care with the Buffalo Grove IL dentist can greatly reduce these risks.
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Shiffman-Morris Dental Associates, Ltd.
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
Phone: (847) 215-1511
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