How Does asthma affect oral health?
Asthma is a prevalent disease. Approximately 25 million people in the U. S. have asthma. Many researchers confirm that links between asthma and dental health are growing stronger. Asthma can have potential complications for your oral health. According to the American Dental Association, people with asthma have more than double the risk for tooth decay. Some asthma and acid reflux medicines and breathing through your mouth can dry your mouth. A dry mouth can cause mouth sores, bad breath, cavities, gum disease, and tooth loss. Although asthma cannot be cured, it is possible to manage asthma to reduce and prevent asthma attacks.
Asthma is a chronic condition, and with careful evaluation and testing, one can identify and then do everything possible to minimize exposure to asthma triggers. That begins with understanding what causes their cough, wheeze, or difficulty breathing. While there are very effective treatments, one may make additional efforts to keep their asthma under control and prevent episodic attacks. Keep track of your symptoms in an asthma diary for several weeks. Jot down all environmental, dietary, and emotional factors that influence asthma. When you have an asthma attack, go back over your journal to determine what caused it or what factors caused it. Asthma can’t be cured but can be managed and prevented with the proper care.
How you can help your mouth:
See your dentist every six months and tell them you have asthma. Ensure you keep your rescue inhaler with you, even at the dentists.
Brush with fluoride toothpaste and floss every day.
Eat healthy foods and reduce stress in your life.
Rinse your mouth with water and spit it out after using a steroid inhaler. Drink lots of water.
See your doctor for help with your asthma, allergies, and acid reflux.
When you suffer from a disease, it is essential to understand its symptoms and the way it functions so that you can act accordingly. This is even more important when you have asthma, as this is a chronic disease with severe manifestations from time to time, but it can be avoided if you recognize the symptoms that signal an asthma attack.
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