Illness Impact: Asthma & Your Oral Health
Subject: What You Need to Know About Asthma & Your Oral Health
If you or someone you care for has asthma, you know that managing it is a daily commitment. However, certain daily asthma medication-taking habits could be harming your oral health.
It’s a fact–inhalers save lives. They’re the first line of defense in treating asthma attacks. But inhalers are designed to help your lungs, not your mouth. If that same life-saving medication stays in your mouth, it contributes to dental problems like dry mouth, tooth decay, childhood cavities, and tooth loss.
To help protect your oral and overall health, we suggest making some simple mouth-healthy habits a part of your asthma management routine:
- Skip the juice! Rinse your mouth with water after every inhaler use and follow with a big sip of water.
- Try chewing sugarless gum, sucking on sugarless hard candies, and drinking water to combat dry mouth.
- When using an inhaler before bed, always brush after with fluoride toothpaste.
- Come in for a routine dental visit at least every six months.
Even if you’ve been using an inhaler for years, we recommend asking for an inhaler technique check at your next appointment. Also, if dry mouth is an issue for you, please tell us. Let’s see what we can do to help keep your mouth more comfortable.
For more resources on asthma and oral health, please read the latest article by our friends at the Michigan Dental Association. Visit smilemichigan.com/asthma to learn more.
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How you take your asthma medication isn’t just vital for your breathing. It’s essential for your oral health too. Asthma medications can linger in your mouth if they’re not inhaled properly. Contributing to dry mouth, cavities, and other complications. Next time you come in for a visit, ask for an inhaler technique check. Let’s ensure your medication gets to your lungs, not your mouth.
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Many people with asthma avoid the dentist because they fear it will cause an asthma attack. If your asthma is keeping you from coming in for a routine visit – give us a call! Talk to us about your concerns. Together, we can help you feel more comfortable and ensure you get the care you need to keep your mouth healthy.
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Juice. It seems like such an easy way to make the medicine go down. But when you give kids asthma juice to wash away the bad taste of inhaled medications, it can lead to cavities. Help them develop mouth-healthy habits early. Instead of following medications with sweet and acidic drinks, erase the taste with H20. For more mouth-healthy tips for those with asthma, visit smilemichigan.com/asthma.
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Asthma medications save lives. At the same time, they can impact your oral health. That’s because inhaled medications affect your saliva production. They can contribute to dry mouth, oral infections, and tooth loss. Regular dental care and a daily oral care routine can help keep your mouth healthy. For more mouth-healthy habits for people with asthma, visit smilemichigan.com/asthma.
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Asthma and inhaled medications can increase your risk for dental diseases. Both can contribute to tooth decay and gum disease. Protect your smile and prevent oral health complications from affecting your overall health. Practice good daily oral care habits and come see us every 6 months for a routine visit. #oralhealth #dentisttips
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It’s common for people with asthma to avoid the dentist because they fear it will trigger an asthma attack. But putting off dental care can make matters worse! If you’re worried about coming in, give us a call. Let us know what’s going on. We’ll help you stay comfortable so you can get the dental care you need. #dentalcare #asthmacare
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Asthma leaving you with dry mouth? Try chewing sugarless gum. Keeping your mouth moist is necessary for your oral health. Chronic dry mouth can lead to tooth decay and dental disease. If dry mouth affects you daily, tell us at your next visit. Let’s see what we can do to help keep your mouth comfortable. #drymouth #asthma #dentalcare
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When asthma medication lingers in your mouth, it’s not doing its job reaching your lungs. It can cause dry mouth, oral thrush, and tooth decay. At your next appointment, ask us to double-check your inhaler technique. We can offer tips to help make sure your medication gets where it needs to be to help your lungs and not harm your mouth.