A spoon full of sugar may help the medicine go down, but most dentists would likely encourage parents to skip that step when treating a child’s illness. However, most parents might not realize that even without the sugar, some children’s medicines may cause cavities while they’re fighting other health issues, according to a report in the January/February issue of General Dentistry, the Academy of General Dentistry’s (AGD) clinical, peer-reviewed journal.
Antihistamine syrups are frequently purchased over-the-counter or prescribed to deal with problems such as chronic allergies or the flu. However, many of these syrups contain low pH levels and high acidity which can be a dangerous combination for a child’s teeth. The sugar in the medication combined with the acids dissolve dental enamel, causing erosion.
“It’s important to talk with your dentist about any medications that your child is on and see what he or she recommends to combat the problems those medications might cause,” says AGD spokesperson Paul Bussman, DMD, FAGD.
*Check with your pediatrician or general dentist before taking any supplements.
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