Posted on Sep 29, 2015
As fall approaches and the weather gets a little chillier, parents begin to brace themselves for the cold season! Whether your child attends school, preschool, daycare or just plays at a neighborhood park, they’re always little germ magnets! Unfortunately, the cough syrup that we reach for every time we hear a case of the sniffles coming on may actually be damaging your child’s teeth.
Cough syrups contain sucrose and fructose corn syrup, both of which are fed on by bacteria in the mouth. As this bacteria feed, it produces harmful acids that eat away at your child’s sensitive teeth, causing cavities and weakening enamel. Some of these syrups can also cause dry mouth, or a lack of saliva. Since saliva is very important to washing away these acids, it just makes the chances of a cavity that much more likely!
Luckily, there’s no reason to do away with the cough medicine just yet! Below is a list of ways you can prevent cavities in a child with a cold:
To make sure your child has healthy teeth and gums, bring them in for a checkup at Firestone Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics in Firestone, Colorado!