Posted on Dec 21, 2016
Now that winter is officially upon us, and the weather gets colder, the common cold becomes inevitable for most families. Especially for those with kids in daycare, preschool, or grade schools – these places are like little germ factories! Unfortunately, if your first reaction is to reach for a bottle of cough syrup, you may be damaging your child’s oral health.
The answer to this question is yes! Cough and cold syrups contain both fructose corn syrup as well as sucrose, in order to make them taste decent enough for kids to tolerate them. Unfortunately, these two substances are also favorites for the bacteria in your child’s mouth. As the bacteria feed, acid is created, which will eat away at your child’s vulnerable tooth enamel, causing dental cavities and tooth decay.
Fortunately, this doesn’t mean that you need to banish helpful cough and cold syrups from your home. Below are a few ways that you can prevent your child from getting a cavity during cold season:
To make sure your child has healthy teeth all year round, make sure they brush their teeth twice a day, floss daily, and visit the dentist every 6 months for a dental cleaning and exam! To make an appointment with Lockett Orthodontics, please call our Colorado Springs, CO office today.
We offer orthodontics services for all ages, young and old - it’s never too late to correct your teeth and obtain the beautiful and healthy smile you’ve always wanted!
Our friendly and knowledgeable orthodontist and staff are excited to get to know you and help you achieve your perfect smile!
Address: 3210 E. Woodmen Rd. #200
Colorado Springs, CO 80920