Posted on 1/13/2018 by Fariba Mutschler
|If your little child is suffering from asthma, his medications can be a leading cause for enamel erosion and tooth decay. Residue from the nebulizer's powdery formula can stick into the teeth and weaken the tooth's enamel, making it susceptible to dental diseases.
Learning some preventive measures will ensure that your child maintains strong, healthy teeth while going through his daily regimen. Here are some tips to prevent periodontal ailments while he is going through a nebulizer treatment.
Rinsing After Every Nebulizer Treatment or Inhaler Lessens Bacterial Buildup
Medications used to treat asthma and other bronchial diseases can weaken your child's tooth enamel. The degradation of the enamel gives bacteria a place to proliferate, which ultimately leads to tooth decay. The only way to protect your child's teeth is to have him rinse out residue with water.
Gargling and drinking water also prevents dry mouth, which is a side effect of using the meds. It eliminates conditions that allow bacteria to flourish while at the same time prevents the accumulation of acid concentration.
Drinking Fluoridated Water Strengthens Tooth Enamel
Inhalants are normally formulated to be very acidic. The low pH balance can also easily erode tooth enamel. The problem with using an inhalant formula is the residue that sticks to the teeth.
Buffering agents found in nebulizers and in certain asthma medications also lessen salivary functions which are normally used by the body to dilute acid particles. Daily intake makes it hard for your child's teeth to cope with the accumulation of residue which leads to tooth decay.
Having your child drink fluoridated water will help reduce cavities. The use of fluoride to supplement tooth health has been seen as one of the greatest medical advances of our era because it has lessened the prevalence of gum problems especially among children.
Call us for more information on how to protect your child's teeth while he is going through his asthma medications. If you want to find out more about how to prevent tooth ailments when your child is on prescription medication, give us a call today.
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