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Children and adolescents who suffer from asthma have more cavities than those who do not have breathing problems, according to recent research conducted at the Institute of Odontology at Sahlgrenska Academy.
Researchers believe that out of the younger participants, who were separated into age groups for 3-and 6-year olds, the asthma sufferers were more likely to present dental caries because they typically breathed out of their mouths more than the non-asthmatic children did.
Children who breathe out of their mouths are more likely to be given sugary beverages to help soothe their dry-mouth symptoms, according to lead researcher Malin Stensson.
The scientists also compared the oral health of adolescents between the ages of 12 and 16 who had been diagnosed with long-term moderate or severe asthma with that of adolescents of the same age without asthma.
Study results showed that 13 out of the 20 non-asthmatic teens were free of cavities, but only one out of the 20 who had breathing disorders did not have any cavities.
Study findings suggest that young people with asthma should receive extra dental care early in life, and that a preventive oral health program should be established between health and dental care professionals.
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