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Asthma and dental erosion

*, Manuel ST and *, Kundabaka M and Shetty, N and *, Parolia A (2008) Asthma and dental erosion. Kathmandu University Medical Journal, 6 (3). pp. 370-374.

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Abstract

Asthma is a chronic infl ammatory condition of the airway, characterised by the presence of airfl ow obstruction which is variable over short periods of time, or is reversible with treatment. Medication comprises of bronchodilators, corticosteroids and anticholinergic drugs. Most asthma drugs are inhaled using various forms of inhalers or nebulizers. Inhaled drugs must be used regularly. The effects of these drugs on the dentition such as tooth decay and erosion have been a subject of debate among dental practitioners. Asthmatic medications can place the patient at risk of dental erosion by reducing salivary protection against extrinsic or intrinsic acids. Asthmatic individuals are one of the higher risk groups suffering from dental erosion. Therefore patients with bronchial asthma should receive special prophylactic attention. This article presents a case of an asthmatic with dental manifestations and reviews the possible causes and management of the same.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Case Note
Uncontrolled Keywords: Asthma, dry powder inhalers, beta-2 agonist, gastro-esophageal refl ux, dental erosion
Subjects: Dentistry > MCODS Mangalore > Conservative Dentistry
Depositing User: KMCMLR User
Date Deposited: 16 Feb 2013 06:20
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2013 06:20
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/78372

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