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Drug treatments for asthma may cause erosive tooth damage

BMJ 1998; 317 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.317.7161.820 (Published 19 September 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:820
  1. Elizabeth A O'Sullivan, Senior registrar,
  2. Martin E J Curzon, Professor
  1. Department of Paediatric Dentistry, Leeds Dental Institute, Leeds LS2 9LU

    EDITOR—The prevalence of asthma in children is high, and prophylactic and symptomatic drug treatments for asthma are widely advertised in medical journals. We would like to draw attention to a potential problem that may arise with the dentition when some of these drugs are taken. A large study on the various risk factors associated with acid erosion of teeth in children found that, compared with a control group, the affected children …

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