It’s that time of year when coughs, colds and flu can make you or someone in your family miserable. And like most people, you’ll probably take some over-the-counter medication to help with your symptoms. But did you know that taking the medication could potentially add a side effect of tooth decay? Many over-the-counter medicines contain large amounts of sugar to make them taste good. The sugar usually comes in the form of high fructose corn sugar. Many people do not realize the added sugars in the medicine can contribute to tooth decay.
Also, may people start to take lozenges to help deal with nagging coughs or sniffles. However, just because cough drops help with your cold symptoms, does not mean they are healthy for you. Most brands also contain high levels of sugar.
So, if you find yourself using cough drops, lozenges or taking cold medicines, make sure to brush well. If you cannot brush after taking medication or cough drop, please rinse your mouth out with water or consume sugarless gum. This may help limit sugar levels in mouth, which helps limit acid levels. These 2 tips can help prevent cavities while you are sick. Never miss brushing and flossing while ill. Cold medicines tend to dry out your mouth, which will also increase bacteria levels in your mouth. You may want to opt for purchasing sugar-free cough drops and buying cold medication in the pill form. Make sure to drink plenty of water when you’re sick. Water is your body and mouth’s best asset during the cold and flu season. If you have any questions about medication and your teeth, please ask our staff and they can give you helpful tips.
Please take care yourself and family members this cold and flu season.