Transiting from Winter to Spring is normally a favorite time of year for those in climates where temperatures begin to rise and flowers begin to bloom. However, changes in temperature can also lead to colds and sinus issues that aren’t so welcome. While you know that sugary foods and beverages can cause cavities to form, did you also know that cough syrups can have the same affect?
Certain syrupy medications can cause tooth troubles with their high acidity and low pH levels. Most cough syrups also have sugars in them to help with the medicine taste. These two factors can work together to cause tooth email erosion and trigger cavity formations, especially if the medicine is taken over a long period of time.
To lessen the damage cough syrups do to teeth:
- Don’t take syrup medication immediately before bed. Saliva flow naturally decreases at night, so the syrup residue won’t rinse away like it would during the day.
- If you need to take the medicine right before bed, rinse with water afterwards.
- Take medications with meals. The chewing will increase saliva flow, which helps wash away sugars and acids.
Have more questions about medicine and its effect on teeth? Contact the professionals at DentaLux today!