AH….AH….CHOO! Dealing with Spring Allergies and Asthma.

dreamstimeextrasmall_38869512Spring is the time of year for seasonal allergies. As the trees start to bloom and the pollen is released into the atmosphere, allergy sufferers begin their annual ritual of sniffling and sneezing. Each year, 35 million Americans fall prey to seasonal allergies.

Asthma and allergy sufferers take various drugs such as inhalers, syrups and often sugar coated steroids repeatedly throughout the day. These medications, along with mouth breathing, tend to dry out the oral cavity. This is known as dry mouth. Dry mouth is often the cause of dental complications that arise because saliva is what protects the mouth from bacteria, bad breath, and gingivitis.

It is recommended to rinse your mouth with water after using an inhaler. Other options include chewing Zylitol gum to keep your mouth moist. Be extra vigilant with your oral care by brushing twice a day, flossing and routinely visiting your dentist.

Asthma attacks could happen while the patient is in the dental office. Patients with a history or asthma and anxiety could indeed have an asthma related attack while at the dental office. It is important that the patient alert the dentist about their disease and always bring their inhaler to the dental appointment.

We understand the complications of asthma and its effects on oral health at Lima Dental Associates. As long as both the patient and dentist are aware of the possible issues or complications that could arise, treatment can be completed safely and comfortable.

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Until next time!