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  • Writer's pictureDr. Peter - Pediatric Dentist in Arlington, Virginia

Can Allergies Harm Your Child’s Oral Health?

Seasonal allergies and asthma can increase your child’s risk for TMJ disorders, oral dryness, cavities and even gingivitis. These conditions may sound alarming, but don’t panic, the first step would be to let your pediatric dentist know.

The most concerning condition to be aware of is dry mouth because it leads to significant oral health complications. Dry mouth can be caused by a variety of things including mouth breathing while sleeping, seasonal allergies, and the use of certain medications including inhalers. When your child doesn’t produce enough saliva (which has naturally buffering and protective qualities), it can increase your child’s risk for bad smelling breath, cavities and even gingivitis.

How can you protect your child’s mouth at home?

Water is key to keeping your child healthy overall but it’s also important for oral health. It’s important to make sure your children are always hydrated. Don’t just wait until they are thirsty. Listed below are some additional tips to prevent dry mouth:

  • After your child uses their corticosteroid inhaler, always rinse with water.

  • Make sure your child uses a spacer (or puffer) when utilizing a corticosteroid inhaler to ensure the medication reaches their lungs effectively. In addition, this prevents the medication from staying in their mouth.

  • Buy gum that is sugar free and contains Xylitol. Chewing gum can stimulate saliva production.

  • Develop a good oral care routine for your child. Brush twice a day for at least two minutes, floss once a day and lastly visit your dentist every 6 months.

In certain situations, your pediatric dentist may recommend prescription strength fluoride toothpaste to combat high caries risk and keep teeth healthy for years to come.

VK Pediatric Dentistry

5001 Langston Blvd, Arlington VA 22207


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