If your child has asthma, you know just how important it is that he takes his asthma medication. However, one thing that you might not know about asthma medications is that they can increase is risk of developing cavities, as these drugs have a tendency to weaken enamel. This will leave your child’s teeth susceptible to dental disease.
Dental researchers have completed a variety of studies since 2001 in order to define the link between cavities and asthma medication. While results have been varied, dentists have recommended several tips that you should take to help keep your child’s teeth while using asthma medications:
- Ensure he is getting enough fluoride. Make sure that your child is drinking enough water from your municipal supply. According to the CDC, fluoride strengthens the enamel, and fluoridated water is one of the greatest medical advances in all of the 20th
- Rinse out your child’s mouth every time he has a nebulizer treatment. Asthma medication can give bacteria a place to flourish in your mouth once the tooth enamel has been weakened. To protect his teeth, rinse out his mouth after each use, and also rinse out the nebulizer mask. Keeping the mask as fresh as possible can eliminate buildup of the medicine.
- Research sealants and topical fluoride treatments. Ask your pediatric dentist about prescription topical fluoride and help your child to apply it each evening. Investing in dental sealants can also help to protect your child’s teeth from decay, even if they happened to be weakened due to his asthma medication.
- Avoid sugary drinks. Make sure your child is staying hydrated with water to avoid dry mouth, and stay away from sugary beverages.
Make sure that your dentist knows that your child is living with asthma, and if you have any additional questions about how to keep his teeth safe, give our office a call.