Did you know more than 26 million Americans have asthma, and it’s the leading chronic disease in children? As dental health professionals that understand how deeply your oral and overall health rely on one another and want both to be optimal for your child, we feel it’s important to talk about how asthma might affect your child’s smile.
Children with asthma may breathe more frequently through their mouths, and mouth breathing combined with commonly prescribed corticosteroids can cause dry mouth. Without the beneficial enzymes in healthy saliva production, your child may be at an increased risk of bad breath, enamel erosion (which leads to cavities), and gum disease.
Don’t Toss that Inhaler!
While asthma may pose some challenges for keeping your child’s smile in tip-top shape, rest assured it doesn’t guarantee dental problems for them. We’re happy to recommend effective and safe products for tackling dry mouth and acidity and give technique tips any time—just contact Coastal Pediatric Dentistry today to schedule an appointment with our friendly and caring team!
The content of this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.