The Effects of Inhaled Drug Use on Saliva and Dental Plaque in Children

Sema Celenk, Ezgi Eroglu


Aim: Develop awareness about the effects of inhaled drugs on saliva and dental plaque and to take precautions against these side effects. Material and Method: Our work is planned prospectively, a total of 48 children aged between 4 and 16 years were enrolled in the study. Salivary flow rate, saliva pH, saliva buffering capacity, saliva viscosity, presence of plaque differences between the study groups and the control group were investigated. The working group is divided into 3 for standardization. Results: It was found that unstimulated salivary flow rate (p=0,2376), saliva viscosity (p=0.3675) was not directly influenced by inhaler drug use. In contrast, inhaler drug use may decrease stimulated salivary flow rate (p = 0.0198), salivary pH (p <0.0001), saliva buffering capacity (p = 0.028). Inhaler drug use increases dental plaque accumulation (p = 0.0048). Conclusion: Many parameters such as stimulated salivary flow rate, saliva pH, saliva buffering capacity and plaque quantity have been found to be influenced by inhaler drugs.

Key Words: Inhaler drug, Asthma, Salivary flow rate, Saliva buffering capacity.

DOI: 10.7176/JSTR/5-3-10

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ISSN (online) 2422-8702