Watch out for those cough drops
By Robert Dawe, DDS
November 17, 2014
Category: general dentistry
Tags: prevention  

It’s cough and cold season: Beware what remedies you use.

It is that time of the year.  The time when runny noses and coughs are rampant.  Beware what you use to quiet that cough.  We have noticed a number of instances where people who had not previously had any problems with tooth decay suddenly developed rampant decay.  Upon questioning, the culprit appeared to be prolonged usage of cough drops.  While these lozenges may alleviate your cough, your teeth don’t see them as anything different than hard candy, which is not good.  Consider using sugar free cough drops, which are not risk free, but are an improvement over the sugar containing variety.