Young children often have a hard time taking medications when they’re sick. Whether they don’t like the taste or they’re just too young to swallow pills, doctors often prescribe liquid versions that are flavored and sweetened to make them more palatable and easier to administer. Unfortunately, these liquids are loaded with sugar, which can lead to cavities. At Four Corners Dental Group in Wasilla and Anchorage, AK, their pediatric dentists often see children whose oral health has been negatively affected by these medications. Here, they provide some information about the effects of sweetened medicines on your child’s teeth and how you can help them avoid cavities.
Which Children’s Medications Contain Sugar?
A wide range of over-the-counter, flavored, syrup-type medications formulated for children contain added sugar. To check, read the label, specifically the “inactive ingredients” list, for common sweeteners such as high-fructose corn syrup, sucrose, and glucose. These can be found in everything from liquid pain relievers to allergy medications. Ones prescribed by a doctor aren’t necessarily better: For example, liquid antibiotics also contain added sugars. You should also be wary of products such as cough drops, which can have hidden sweeteners as well.
How Can I Protect My Child’s Teeth?
If possible, look for sugar-free formulations of over-the-counter medications, and ask your doctor if alternative prescriptions are available. Sometimes, though, your child will need to take these medicines for their health, so a good oral care regimen will be your best weapon against cavities. Pediatric dentists recommend having your child rinse their mouth with water after taking their medicine. You should also refrain from administering the liquids right before bed and instead give them with meals, so your little one can brush their teeth afterward.
Whether your child takes medications daily or just during cold and flu season, seeing a pediatric dentist at Four Corners Dental Group for regular checkups will keep their teeth healthy. This family dentistry practice is dedicated to providing top-notch, affordable care to patients of all ages using state-of-the-art techniques and treatments. To schedule an appointment today, call the Anchorage location at (907) 258-3384 or the Wasilla office at (907) 376-2790. You can also visit their website to find out more about their wide range of dental services.