Asthma Linked to CavitiesWednesday, January 19th, 2011, 11:34 am
According to a recent study, children and teens with asthma have a higher rate of dental caries (cavities) and have more gum disease than kids without asthma.
The study showed that 3 year old children with asthma had more cavities than the control group without the disease. The researchers explained that because the asthmatic children tended to breath through the mouth they had much dryer mouths and were given more sugary drinks on a more frequent basis. This probably contributed to their higher rate of cavities.
The older children in the study were 12-16 years of age and showed that only one teen of 20 in the asthma group was cavity free, versus 13 out of 20 being cavity free in the non-asthma group. Again, the lower saliva levels in the mouth were blamed but in addition to mouth breathing, researchers felt that the medications used to control the disease reduced the amount of saliva secreted by the asthma sufferers. Again, the teens with asthma also had higher rates of gum disease.
If you or your child suffers from asthma or a similar breathing disorder please tell your dentist. Cavities and gum disease can be avoided with proper care. Your dentist can help you manage medication side effects such as dry mouth to reduce the likelihood of cavities and gum disease.
If you are an asthma patient who has not visited the dentist recently please contact Wilbanks Smile Center in Toccoa, Georgia today at 706-886-9439 to schedule your appointment today!