Asthma and Your Oral Health

People with asthma (approximately 235 million people worldwide) are significantly more likely to develop gum disease according to a study reported in the Journal of Periodontology.  asthma inhaler - paid - Depositphotos 350926360 s-2019


Asthma is marked by narrowing and inflammation of your airways, causing shortness of breath, wheezing, coughing, and tightness in the chest. Inhaled medication and breathing through your mouth because the nasal airways are blocked or restricted often cause dry mouth. When untreated, dry mouth causes plaque development, tooth decay, and gum disease.


It is vital that everyone with asthma focus particularly on oral health. You may need to brush your teeth after using an inhaler (rather than just rinsing). You will need to drink water throughout the day to treat the dryness and stimulate or substitute for saliva. You may need to take a medication for dry mouth. Finally, you may need to speak with your doctor about inhalers that are easiest for you to use, or ask about an adaptive device to use with your inhaler that helps to channel the medication to the back of your throat rather than the sides or roof of your mouth.


Just as you need to care for your respiratory system and your airways, protecting your smile and your oral health will also need special attention. Work with your dentist to develop a strong dental hygiene protocol that is right for you.