Asthma, an inflammatory disease, narrows and inflames the airways, therefore, resulting in symptoms like difficulty breathing and wheezing. This condition can cause dry mouth, leading to plaque build-up and forming gum disease. Also, people with moderate to severe asthma have higher risks of getting very sick with Covid-19.
So, if someone has asthma, it’s, especially, important to take the necessary steps to protect yourself and those around you.
By limiting exposures to triggers, people can avoid experiencing symptoms, protect their oral health and, hopefully, keep Covid-19 away. Triggers are numerous including:
Household pests can get inside without the owners realizing. In particular, cockroaches, rodents and bed bugs can make the symptoms worse. So, it’s important to check your home regularly for signs of activity and tackle infestations when necessary.
Dry mouth is a condition where the mouth doesn’t produce enough saliva. Dry mouth occurs as restricted airways forces people to breathe through the mouth. Unfortunately, inhalers add to this problem by squeezing salivary glands and limiting saliva production.
Saliva is, also, helpful for washing away bad bacteria. Instead, dry mouth creates ideal conditions to harbor harmful bacteria and develop build up of plaque. This problem can cause tooth decay, gum disease and bad breath.
In spite of asthma, there are a number of ways to protect your oral health:
Based on what little is known at this time, adults any age with Asthma may be at an increased risk for severe illness from Covid-19. Therefore, it’s extremely important to limit interactions with others, wash hands frequently and develop an asthma action plan.
In conclusion, by staying diligent with your oral health and taking precautions for Covid-19, seriously, people with asthma can easily keep a beautiful and healthy smile for life.
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