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Asthma Medications Can Cause Problems for Your Teeth

Posted on 6/8/2020 by Watermark Dentistry
Asthma Medications Can Cause Problems for Your TeethMore than 25 million Americans in North America suffer from asthma. Many of these people rely on asthma medication to save their lives, thus they are absolutely a necessity. However, this is something to be aware of when it comes to the effect they have on your dental health so that you can take the steps necessary to mitigate these problems.

Inhalers Dry Out the Mouth

Inhalers work by puffing powder with medical properties into the lungs, but because inhalers go into the mouth, this powder can also get into your mouth. This substance has a drying effect on the surfaces of the mouth, such as the teeth and gums - this is a concern because a dry mouth is more susceptible to bacterial growth that causes oral health problems such as cavities, gum, disease, and tooth decay. Saliva essentially acts as a natural ™rinse™ for your mouth throughout the day to wash away excess bacteria.

How To Keep Your Mouth Hydrated

It is important for people using inhalers to keep their mouth hydrated throughout the day. We recommend carrying a reusable water bottle throughout the day to keep both your mouth and body hydrated. After using your inhaler, take a swig, swish, and swallow. This will eliminate the residue from your mouth. Sugar-free also helps keep your mouth from going dry as it stimulates saliva as you chew.

If you would like something that can be kept on you at all times conveniently, you can use a spray made for moisturizing dry mouths. These are sold in small containers for easy carry. This is a great option - however, it is still important to stay hydrated.

If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, give our office a call with the number provided. We are here to help you with your oral care needs.

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