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31 Jan 2015 | Australasian Dental Practice

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Helping asthmatics improve dental health

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With global studies connecting tooth decay with the use of asthma preventives, many parents are looking for better alternatives when it comes to their children's health.

While Ventolin inhalers will always provide the lifesaving treatment required during an asthma attack, the new Hydrapep bubble PEP device can assist in the everyday management of the condition by reducing the need for puffers and syrups which can lead to dental cavities.

Hydrapep Founder and Physiotherapist, Ms Bridget Cronin, said the device provides asthmatics with another management tool which is free from chemicals and potential tooth decay.

"The Hydrapep device is simple - the patient blows bubbles through a tube into water. The action clears the chest by opening the airways, improving airflow and creating vibrations which dislodge mucus. While Hydrapep does not replace the puffer, it can significantly reduce its use. Hydrapep increases airflow in the lungs and airways so can also enhance the effectiveness of the puffer," she said.

A 2008 study conducted by Shashikiran concluded that antiasthmatic medication has strong links to dental caries and periodontal disease. The report recommends that asthmatic patients adopt more precautionary oral hygiene practices.

Hydrapep is a Bubble PEP device and it is listed on the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG).




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