Asthma can be a scary thing. Most people can overcome it with the proper care and treatment, but did you know inhalers can be bad for your oral health? Breathing through the mouth and using corticosteroid inhalers can cause Dry Mouth. Dry mouth decreases the amount of saliva that is produced, thus can put you at increased risk of:
- Plaque build-up
- Tooth decay
- Gum disease
- Bad breath
Oral thrush can occur when the inhaler causes a fungal infection that leads to an increased growth of yeast (thrush) in the mouth and throat. Oral thrush is easily treated but can spread when left unattended so it’s important to have it checked promptly. The symptoms of oral thrush are:
- White, yellow, or cream-colored patches in the mouth that can be wiped away
- Burning sensation in the mouth
- Sensitivity to acidic and/or spicy foods
If you notice any of these symptoms, do not hesitate to make an appointment with us. We will assess your condition and provide you with the appropriate care. In the meantime, you can try rinsing your mouth with a fluoride mouthwash after using your inhaler.
We recommend that asthma sufferers pay close attention to oral hygiene because you may be more prone to inflammation and disease. Although you are more vulnerable to dental conditions, routine dental care at home and professional care at our office can greatly reduce these risks.
Contact us to schedule an appointment today!