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Asthma Alert

Asthma InhalerBeware of oral complications from this respiratory disease

In years past, asthma attacks could be unpredictable and difficult to control. Today, medications have been developed to control attacks—in some cases preventing them from occurring at all.

If you—or a member of your family—still suffer the attacks, check with your physician about new treatment methods.

Although we may not know its exact cause, most people are familiar with asthma, the chronic lung disease that makes breathing difficult. Asthma may be triggered by allergens such as pollen, animal dander, dust, and dust mites, or by irritants such as smoke, fumes, and strong odors. Even certain foods or weather changes can set off an asthma attack, which may be characterized by shortness of breath, tightness in the chest, wheezing and coughing.

There is also a dental side to the situation. Many asthma patients are mouth breathers. Mouth breathing can dry out and inflame the gums. It interferes with the ability of saliva to protect the teeth from bacteria and mouth acids. In extreme cases mouth breathing may affect the position of the front teeth to the point where orthodontic treatment is required. Studies also indicate that mouth breathing contributes to abnormal facial development in children.

Asthma is a controllable condition that should not prevent you from enjoying a healthy and active life—including a healthy mouth.

About Dr. Chase & Dr. Kotula

Dr. Steven Chase, DDS & Jacqueline Kotula, DDS pride themselves on offering their patients the most comprehensive and sophisticated options for dental care in a comfortable and friendly environment. Their caring and talented dental family’s first priority is the well being of their patients. They strive to help their patients achieve optimum dental health by providing personalized and compassionate dental care. Their team is comprised of highly skilled professionals dedicated to excellence in every phase of dental treatment. They are committed to continued education, which enables delivery of the very finest, state-of-the-art cosmetic, restorative, and CEREC® same-day dentistry, along with Invisalign® clear aligners.

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