Do Cough Syrups Result in Cavities?
Are you suffering from cold, cough or flue? If your answer is yes then your first impulse would be get hold of a good cough syrup. A cough syrup is a quick solution that can put your discomfort to rest. However, along with the comfort a cough syrup has certain side effects, one of which is cavities.
There are certain ingredients in a cough syrup, which make it injurious to your dental health.
Ingredients Harmful for Teeth
- Ingredients like high fructose corn syrup, along with sucrose lead to cavities in your teeth. The bacteria in your mouth tend to feed on sugary substances. When such syrup accumulates on your teeth, the bacteria start eating it. As a result the enamel of teeth gets damaged making your teeth vulnerable to further damage.
- Another ingredient which harms your teeth is citric acid, which is found in many cough syrups. Similar to the previous ingredients, the citric acid too harms the enamel of your teeth and exposes them to cavities. Furthermore, some cough syrups with a low ph level and higher acidity wear your teeth away.
- Along with the harmful ingredients, the alcohol content in most cough syrups dries your mouth and deprives it of the natural amount of saliva. Saliva tends to keep your mouth clean of the sugary substances and acids. When the saliva gets dried, the acid and sugar remain in your mouth thus causing more harm to the teeth.
Ways to Counter the Harmful Effects of Cough Syrups
- Most of the people tend to take their cough syrup before bed, which is fine. The only problem is, brushing your teeth right after taking the cough syrup. Application of fluoride toothpaste, right after taking the cough syrup can reduce the natural ph level of your mouth. As a result the natural enamel of your teeth tends to erode. Make sure not to brush your teeth for at least 30 minutes after drinking the cough syrup.
- Although you can’t brush your teeth right after taking the cough syrup, but you can keep your mouth clean to maintain the sugar level. Try rinsing your mouth with water or a slow gargle would do. You can even chew a gun that is low in sugar to neutralize the level of sugar in your mouth.
- The worst thing that you can do when it comes to cough syrups is self medication. Make sure to take these syrups when they and how much they should be taken. The smartest thing you should do is have a word with your doctor before taking a dose of cough syrup.
- Try alternating these syrups with pills or sugar free drops if available. You can find these pills and drops can be found in your pharmacies and grocery stores.
Tooth damage is something that can cause pain, damage your pearly whites and ruin that beautiful smile of yours. So, in order to keep your teeth healthy follow the above mentioned tips promptly. For more information on your oral health, or if you are interested in learning more about ways to maintain your smile, please feel free to give our office a call. Paul Mansky Dental is located at 1155 East Long Lake Road Suite 8, Troy, MI 48085 and can be reached at (248) 689-5508. We look forward to connecting with you!