My family and I live on a dirt road that has a lot of traffic and are wondering if there are any health issues associated with breathing in a lot of dirt that we should be concerned with.
Dust is not the best thing in the world to be breathing long term as it is a lung irritant. However, your lungs do a great job overall in lifting the dust back up and out via cilia and mucous - it is actually called a muco-ciliary ladder.
Yet there are issues with lung diseases associated with longterm dust exposure.
The best resource I can point you to is PubMed which provides medical research.
Go there and in the search bar type in "dust" - you will get about 23000 medical research articles. You can narrow it down any way you like - such as "dust AND danger" or "dust AND disease" or anything you wish. I got effective search results when entering this into the search bar, 'dust AND health -free' [do not include the quotes] The -free at the end delivers all research that is free to read in its entirety. If not free, only abstracts are available.
Hope this helps you.
I would ask cars to slow down, gravel or asphalt the section in front of your home - speed bumps?
Another solution may be considering a highly rated air filter. We carry the IQ Air HealthPro series which would remove the dust particles from your living space.