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Can Cough Syrup Give Your Child Cavities?

You expect your child to be susceptible to cavities from a number of places including candy, sugary foods and colas or other beverages. What you may not know is that even their cough syrup can have a great deal of sugar in it. Because many companies use sweetener to improve the taste of cough syrup, your child may be exposed to decay causing sugars. When your child is sick it’s likely that you give them cough medicine during the night and several times a day. It is also unlikely that they brush their teeth following every dose. Because cough syrup is meant to coat the throat to protect it from irritation this sugary medicine can also stick to the surface of the teeth. This can lead to cavities and even bad breath for your child. Cough syrup is not the only culprit when it comes to medicines that are bad for your child’s teeth. By avoiding liquid medications before bedtime or during the night you can help reduce your chances for tooth decay as a result. If you would like recommendations for medications that contain as little sugar as possible, contact us today.

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