Colds and… Cavities?

Everybody knows that eating candy can lead to cavities, but did you know that cough syrup can as well? Taking those syrupy cough medications over a long period of time can cause tooth problems. Flavored ones contain sugar to help with the taste and syrups used to fight allergies have high acidity and low pH levels. These two factors work together quickly to dissolve tooth enamel and cause erosion.

Here are a few tips to prevent this from happening:

1. Avoid taking syrup medication at night

2. Take medication with meals

3. Talk to you child’s dentist about a topical fluoride, which helps keep decay away!

For any questions please contact our office at (301) 474-1110.

– Dr. Shakoori