Asthma & Oral Health

Can your asthma affect how often you develop cavities? A review of several studies highlights the increased risk for cavities in patients who are taking medications for asthma. Having a normal salivary flow helps prevent decay and promotes the remineralization of softened enamel. An inhaler can cause a reduction in saliva and therefore increase a person’s risk for decay. Steroids used to treat asthma can cause immune system suppression, potentially leading to periodontal disease. If you feel your asthma medication has caused a reduction in saliva please speak with your dentist. We can help you develop strategies to avoid oral health complications.

Thomas MD, Parolia A, Kundabala M, Vikram M. Austral Dent J 2010; 55(2);128-133

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