Asthma and Your Mouth

Boy with Asthma InhalerIf you are one of the millions of Americans who have asthma, make sure you are aware of the implications for your mouth. If it’s been a while since your last appointment, consider scheduling an exam, cleaning, and X-rays at Diamond Dental of Sacramento. We’ll give you a complete dental checkup and evaluation of your oral health! Call (916) 483-5900.

Asthma is a condition that affects the respiratory system. It is a chronic inflammatory disorder that results in constriction of the airways and a buildup of mucus. Triggered by an allergic reaction, its symptoms include wheezing, coughing, chest tightness, and difficulty breathing. While there is no cure, an asthma attack is typically easily reversible and treatable with medicine delivered via an inhaler.

According to the CDC, more than 25 million people in the US have the condition (about 1 in 13 individuals). During childhood, it affects boys more than girls (with 11.9% vs. 7.5% respectively). However, as adults, it affects women more than men (9.6% vs. 6.3%). African American children are the most impacted group, with 13.4% affected by the condition.

When it comes to dental health, asthma can have some important considerations. First, due to breathing complications, those who deal with the condition tend to have a higher rate of mouth-breathing. This habit leads to a higher rate of dry mouth, bad breath, and even cavities. Additionally, the medicine used to treat asthma can diminish saliva production, leading to similar symptoms described above (xerostomia and halitosis).

It’s essential to list asthma in your medical history. With this information, we can discuss possible complications with the entire dental team. We may alter treatment depending on your specific symptoms and needs.

About Dr. William J. Black

William Black earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry from the University of California, Davis in 1988. He then went on to the UCLA School of Dentistry where he graduated in 1992. Following dental school, Dr. Black served in the U.S. Navy for 3 years as a dentist. He then settled in the Sacramento area where he opened his practice in 1996. Dr. Black is a member of the American Dental Association (ADA), California Dental Association (CDA), Sacramento District Dental Society (SDDS), Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), and the Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD). He is currently pursuing Mastership with the Academy of General Dentistry and accreditation with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. Dr. Black has 8 children, works actively with the Boy Scouts of America, and enjoys gardening.


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