Cough drops and cough syrups

                    Many times patients will brush and floss daily very diligently and then are surprised to find out they have a cavity or two.  When we discuss their routine, we sometimes discover that they have a cough and have been using cough drops or cough syrup.  Read the label carefully because many of these contain sweeteners that cause cavities.  High fructose corn syrup is often the sweetener of choice in these products and is known to cause tooth decay.  Look for products that contain sweeteners that do not promote decay such as Xylitol.  Also, drink plenty of water as some medications can cause a dry mouth which also contributes to tooth decay.

Stay  flossing my friends!