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Dentists are now seeing more patients with Asthma.  Many people aren’t aware that asthma medication can lead to increased cavities, bad breath and gum problems.

Saliva has a cleansing effect in the mouth, and when its presence is reduced, patients have a higher risk for cavities and bad breath. This condition is also known as “dry mouth”.

Corticosteroids in asthma medications can cause this decrease in saliva flow. The propellant in the inhalers may irritate the back roof of the mouth, causing a reddish lesion. If ignored, this area can also become infected.

In those who aren’t vigilant about brushing and flossing, gums can become inflamed, often leading to gum disease.  Parents of children who are prone to “mouth breathing” should encourage regular professional clean and examinations with their dentist.