While asthma is diagnosed as a respiratory condition, it can also affect the teeth and gums. Studies have shown that those with asthma are up to 20 percent more likely to develop oral problems.

Let us look at some ways to prevent this situation.

– After utilising an inhaler, rinse your mouth to wash away chemicals.

– Breathe through your nose when possible; this helps to preserve vital saliva.

– See your dentist regularly to prevent gum disease.

”The good news about gingivitis is that it’s completely reversible with prompt professional dental care.”

Dr. Gerald O'Connor B.D.S., N.U.I. (hons) (Principal Dentist & Owner)

Dr Gerald O’Connor qualified with honours from University College Cork in 1998, where he achieved his Bachelor of Dental Surgery degree and was awarded the Kerr Prize for Restorative Dentistry. Following his qualification, he spent 6 years gaining experience in a dental clinic in Essex before buying his own practice in 2004. Dr O’Connor quickly added a second location in 2006 and formed the Oak Dental Group.

After returning to Ireland in 2013, he set up Killiney Dental with his long-time partner Rosemarie. Gerald has a wealth of experience in dentistry with a vested interest in modern, evidence-based solutions. He enjoys implementing new dental treatments that are minimally invasive for patients without compromising their desire for an idealised smile. Dr O’Connor currently serves on the Irish Dental Association’s Quality and Patient Safety Committee. In his spare time, he enjoys films, music, fiction writing and being anywhere in sight of the sea.