Asthma and oral health

Asthma and Your Oral Health

Did you know… that asthma can put your teeth at risk? Over 24 million Americans have asthma, a chronic lung disease that usually develops in childhood. This condition can put you at risk for various dental problems.

Find out what you can do to protect your teeth and gums.

Oral health risks linked to asthma:

  • Dry mouth. Asthma medication and breathing through your mouth can reduce your saliva.
  • Bad breath. Lack of saliva is a primary cause of halitosis.
  • Cavities. Dry mouth causes plaque to build up, putting you at higher risk of tooth decay.
  • Gum disease. Untreated plaque can lead to infection of the gums.
  • Oral sores. Inhalers may cause irritation and lesions at the back of your mouth.

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