Most people don’t realize that there’s a connection between dental health and asthma? That’s why we want to take a deeper dive into this topic …
Asthma is described as an inflammatory disease of the lower respiratory tract. It can cause inflammation and narrowing of the airway and often leads to coughing, wheezing, excess mucus production, and tightening of the chest. It also affects a high percentage of the population – about 235 million people suffer from asthma. One fifth of those 235 million people will experience gum disease.
So, is there a link between dental health and asthma?
Learn more about the signs, symptoms, and causes of asthma HERE.
Dry Mouth Symptom and Effects
Because asthma negatively effects and restricts your air flow, your saliva production can also diminish. When your mouth isn’t producing its normal amount of saliva, you can experience something known as Xerostomia, or dry mouth. When it’s harder to breath and inhale oxygen, you may result to breathing through your mouth, which suppresses those glands that produce saliva and alters your pH balance of helpful and harmful bacteria.
How do suppressed saliva glands lead to gum disease? It’s because saliva is actually extremely helpful in washing away bacteria. When you’re not washing away enough bacteria, it can thrive in your mouth and build up to harmful levels of plaque and cause dental issues, such as gum disease.
Dry mouth, or xerostomia (zeer-o-STOE-me-uh), refers to a condition in which the salivary glands in your mouth don’t make enough saliva to keep your mouth wet. Learn more about dry mouth HERE. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/dry-mouth/symptoms-causes/syc-20356048
Avoiding or limiting common asthma triggers as much as possible can help protect your oral health and reduce inflammation. Some common asthma triggers include:
- Allergens – dander, pollen, pests, etc. This is known as “allergy-induced asthma”
- Smoke fumes, gases, dust. This is known as “occupational asthma”
- Exercise and strenuous activity. This is known as “exercise-induced asthma”
Keeping Your Smile Healthy
If you’re prescribed an inhaler to treat your asthma, then consider washing your mouth with water or brushing your teeth after using your inhaler to help keep harmful bacteria out of your mouth. Some inhalers include sugar as a sweetener and can lead to cavities and bacteria. You can also talk with your doctor and dentist about any advice they have about maintaining good dental health with asthma.
For dry mouth, try sipping on water throughout the day to keep your mouth hydrated without saliva. Remember, the best way to protect your smile is keeping a vigilant dental care routine. Brush twice a day and floss once a day to be proactive about your oral health!
Learn more about the preventative dentistry services offered at Luff Dental HERE.
It’s Safe to Visit Your Dentist Today!
According to the American Dental Association (ADA), no cases of COVID-19 have been attributed to any U.S. dental practices. This is a wonderful statistic for dental offices and shows how serious dental offices have taken their safety measures. It’s safe and essential to visit your Dr. Luff’s office, and we take your health and safety very seriously. We can’t wait to see you soon! Please call today to schedule your next appointment.
Learn more about the safety precautions Dr. Luff is taking to keep you her team AND her patients healthy AND safe HERE.
Work with Dr. Luff and her team to find the most effective solution for your smile! We are always accepting new patients in the Lee’s Summit, MO and surrounding area who are ready to improve the health of their teeth, their confidence and smile! Please call Luff Dental at (816) 875-3391 to schedule your appointment.