Asthma Inhalers & Teeth

Asthma management plans which use puffers to prevent and treat asthma symptoms, have led to a dramatic fall in asthma deaths even though more and more people are being diagnosed with asthma.

The benefits for asthmatics of using puffers are clear; however the powder can cause problems with teeth. Many of the powders are acidic and can erode the tooth enamel when used regularly. This can cause teeth to be sensitive and can cause holes in the teeth.

The tooth problems can be reduced if children rinse their mouths with water after using a puffer and if they clean their teeth at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste. Fluoride protects the surface of the teeth.