Asthmatic Kids Are Prone To Oral Diseases
Are your kids suffering from asthma and tooth decay? There have been researches in the past linking asthma with having a higher risk of accumulating cavities in the mouth thus causing tooth decay. The research showed the difference of patients with ages 3, 6, 12 to 16 and 18 to 24. It has been observed that patients with asthma are more likely the ones having dental problems. According to the studies, the link is not really direct since asthma cannot cause the teeth to decay,rather, what goes with is asthma is what causes these dental problems.
The research was conducted by Swedish scientist in the Department of Cariologu at Sahlgrenska Academy in Gothenburg, Sweden. They have first observed three years old children with asthma and it showed that dental caries can be seen more likely than those who aren’t asthmatic. After three years, a follow-up exam was conducted and it showed that there is still correlation that existed. Aside from children, teenagers were also tested and based on the observation, asthmatic teenagers with long-time moderate or severe asthma has gingivitis and tooth decay than those who aren’t with the same age bracket. It was also found out in the research that 5 percent of those tested was cavity-free yet, 65 percent of those without asthma are free from tooth decay.
Since we have learned that dry mouth is one of the main cause of tooth decay; juices and sodas cannot counter act the dryness rather, it constitute more to the decaying of teeth. However, there are other ways to help in the secretion of saliva in the mouth. There are over-the-counter remedies to help fend off dry mouth, this includes biotene brand products, sugar-free chewing gums, anti-cavity rinses and prescription toothpastes are some. Drinking lots and lots of water can also help lessen the drying of the mouth. When suffering from dry mouth, keep in mind that you should avoid giving your kids sweets, or letting them drink sodas, juices or high sugared drinks and foods as this will only worsen the problem.
Aside from that, there are also some patients suffering from dental anxiety. There have been cases wherein asthmatic attacks happen while having a dental procedure. To avoid such thing, patients must always fore warn their dentist about it. Being nervous during a dental session only heightens the possibilities of having an asthmatic attack. Best way to slow down anxieties is to try to be calm, breath regularly and slowly, avoid sugary foods, eat high protein foods, and try to appoint a time where in you are assured that you are calm and relaxed, especially for the children as they are the ones that seems to be frightened of the thought of having to visit their dentist.
Aside from dental problems, there are also other oral problems that are linked to asthma. One is Candidiasis, although not a direct link, but through medications for treating asthma such as steroid inhalers. The candida fungus is normally present in our body, but if we are taking antibiotics or medicines containing steroid, the amount of fungi may multiply and when it is beyond the normal that is when thrush starts. Thrush does not hurt but when it gets worse, it can infect the blood and other areas of your body.
These things can be avoided when we take cautious measures. Our kids or teens may be suffering from asthma but we can help them prevent dental problems. We just have to be aware of what should and should not be done in dealing with the teeth. Always communicate to your dentist about it.