Cough Medication And Oral Health

Cough Medication And Oral Health

Having a cold can be a struggle for anyone. It’s a miserable feeling. When you can’t stop coughing or you don’t have enough tissues to keep your nose dry, you can get to the point where you’ll do anything to curb the feeling. Some medications can help minimize a lot of the symptoms you are experiencing. Unfortunately, they can also pose a risk to your oral health.

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What’s Dangerous About Cough Medicine?

The majority of medications for managing cold symptoms taste bad. Because of this, manufacturers add all sorts of ingredients to the mix to make them more tolerable. These medicines typically contain various ingredients that can put your oral health at risk for developing cavities and tooth decay.

The primary ingredients that concern your dentist in the Sacramento River Dental Group office would be alcohol and sugar. Why are these two ingredients bad for your oral health? Read below to find out more.

Cough Medicine Contains Alcohol.

Alcohol is one of the primary ingredients found in cough and cold medicines. One of the reasons why alcohol is bad for your oral health has to do with the drying effect it can have on your mouth. Alcohol is well-known to cause dry mouth. The problem with having a dry mouth, especially at night, is that it makes it much easier for dangerous and harmful bacteria to attack your teeth.

Your mouth typically produces excess saliva throughout the day and night to neutralize the bacteria and acid in your mouth. Unfortunately, when you take cold medicine, it can mitigate saliva production, which can result in an environment that’s not conducive to optimal oral health.

Cough Medicine Contains Sugars.

As mentioned previously, the majority of medication simply doesn’t taste good. After all, the ingredients in them aren’t made to taste good. That’s why these medicines typically have added sugar for taste. Having sugar added makes the medication easier to take. While the sugar does help make the medicine more tolerable for individuals, it also can harm your teeth. Two of the more traditional medications used to treat a cough include cough drops and cough syrup. Both of these medications tend to have added sugars in them.

The problem is only heightened when you are using cough drops and sucking them throughout the entire day. After all, at that point, the cough drops turn into candy. If you are sucking on cough drops throughout the day, it’s essentially going to be exposing your teeth to harmful sugar throughout the day. Why is sugar harmful? Well, the bacteria in your mouth feed off sugar. The problem is after they feed on the sugar, they release acid as a byproduct. This acid can erode your tooth enamel and result in you being at a heightened risk of experiencing tooth decay.

How To Protect Your Teeth During Flue Season?

While this article is meant to make you aware of the dangers of these medications, it’s not to make you turn away from them either. However, there are things you can effectively do to mitigate the damage they can cause to your oral health. Here are some of the top things you can do to mitigate the danger of using cold medicine.
– Brush your teeth after you take medicine. This will allow you to get rid of the sugar and alcohol and keep it from sitting around in your mouth all day or night.
– Take the medication while you are eating. The act of chewing inherently produces saliva. Having more saliva in your mouth is going to help wash away some of the sugar and alcohol in the medication.
– Use pills instead of cough drops and syrup. A gel-filled pill is going to help you bypass some of the dangers to your mouth.

With the cold season approaching, use these tips to keep your mouth healthy. The dangers of cough medicine are out there. Using the tips above can help you minimize your symptoms while keeping your oral health in check.

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