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Asthma Meds May Hurt Your Teeth

Posted on 12/20/2016 by Na Xu
A man suffering from asthma holding an inhaler.
For people with asthma, there is a little known side effect that the meds you need can have. They coat your teeth as you inhale the droplets of your inhalers.

These droplets then sit on your teeth and can have some pretty damaging side effects.

If you are currently on regular inhaler medications, make sure your dentist knows about them, including all of the necessary information.

Then, find out if you need to come in and get seen more often than normal to keep your teeth healthy.

What Your Dentist Needs to Know

Your dentist needs to know when you are taking asthma medications. They need to know the name, dosage, how often you should be taking them, and how often you are actually taking them. They need this information for all of the medications you are currently taking, and this list needs to be updated any time one of the medications change.

How These Meds Can Affect Your Teeth

People who regularly use inhalers typically have issues with dry mouth and sores in their mouth. This is often a side effect of the medication they are taking. Both of these issues can increase the chances of tooth decay, and the medications themselves can harm your teeth, depending on which medications your doctor currently has you on.

Getting past some of these side effects is possible by making sure to rinse your mouth after using the inhaler and making sure that you brush at least twice each day. However, your dentist is going to want to make sure that they are keeping a closer eye on you in the future.

Asthma meds are necessary, but they do not require your teeth to get damaged in the process. Contact our office about your medications, and see what he or she can do to protect your teeth.

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