ASTHMA & TOOTH DECAY UPDATES
Tooth decay is five times
more common than asthma and seven times more common than hay fever in childhood.*
The Air and Water at
Our environment has been changing faster than our ability
to adapt to it. There has been a dramatic increase in
allergies, chronic sinus problems, and childhood asthma.
We have taken some steps to improve the air and water quality in
our office. Two of our dental carts have distilled water systems
to protect you. All drinking water in the reception area is
filtered and distilled water by Culligan.
Our office air is filtered in our reception room. Our carpet is
glued down with allergy safe glue and our paint is odor free. We
take the subject of air and water quality seriously for your
Did you know that perfumes and
other heavy scents can be major allergens and that some of our
patients are sensitive to such scents. We ask that you
come to our office scent-free. We have some light scents
from Bath and Body and Avon available in the office if you want
to put on some body splash after your visit.
reactions may be treated with benadryl and pepcid.
Our Dental Records Include Asthma
Many drugs used to treat asthma have effects on
the mouth and throat. Andrenergic agonists can cause dry
mouth. Corticosteriods can cause dry mouth, make patients
susceptible to fungal infections.
Cromoly, can increase saliva production, while leaving a bad
taste and burning sensation in the mouth. Also,
please remember to be sure you bring your inhalers with you
to each appointment in case of an attack.
Link Between Tooth Decay,
Asthma, and Medication Studied
In a study done by Medical
University of South Carolina 655 people, between the ages
of 1 and 15, were studied to find the relationship between tooth
decay and asthma. 125 of these children were diagnosed with
asthma-the researchers found that the number of decayed,
missing and filled teeth were significantly higher in the
asthmatic children. It was also discovered that the
drug albuterol, which depletes
saliva, was used most often to treat their asthma. Children
with asthma may need a more aggressive dental caries
prevention methods and better dental care once asthma is
Source: Dentistry Today April 2001 pg 40
Asthma In Children Is Linked with Dental Cavities
A study done in Texas found that
children with asthma are
at greater risk for developing caries and other oral problems. The study
done on 179 asthmatic and 165 healthy children, ages 2-13 found:
Allergies to gold and titanium are quite unusual; thatís why
titanium is used in knee, hip, and tooth implants. Gold has
been safely used in dentistry for many years and its longevity
is still unmatched by any other material.
The most common metal allergy is to nickel, especially in
women. Let us know if youíre sensitive to any of metals.
Nickel is commonly used by dentists to support the porcelain in
crowns for back teeth. We use no nickel in our crowns, we only
use precious metal, porcelain, and ceramic materials.
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