Liquid medication and cavity prevention

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) - We all know the flu and common colds are going around but those cough medicines we're using to help us may be hurting our teeth in the long run, especially when it comes to kids. 

"Cough syrups and cough medicines they work really great, one of the things that kids don't like about them is that they don't taste so good," Oren Sudai, dentist at Winning Smiles in Buffalo, said.

To make the cough medicines taste better he says they're filled with sugar and syrups. 

"The bacteria in everybody's mouth that's supposed to be there in a healthy persons mouth feed off of those sugars and those really sugary things cause them to release some acid and it's actually the acid that's destroying the enamel not the sugar," Sudai said.

He says it's really important to brush your teeth right after taking cough medicines to prevent decay and cavities.

 Sudai says not to panic. "The sugar in there is probably the same sugar or maybe even less in the same as a can of coke or sugary juice box also so even when you're having those it's important just to rinse out with some water." 

 

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