Can sugary cough syrups and medications hurt my child’s teeth?

“Unfortunately, medication can affect the health of your child’s teeth. For example, many cough syrups and medications do contain sugar. Chronic use of these medications, may affect the teeth. If you can, I would always request a sugar free solution. If that’s not a possibility, I would make sure to always rinse the child’s mouth with water following giving them medication; or if possible, to brush their teeth immediately. The same goes for the use of an inhaler. It is important to rinse the mouth after the use of an inhaler because so many allergy medications or asthma, can cause dry mouth, which can lead to plaque. If a child is sick and they throw up, it is important to have the child rinse with water so that acid doesn’t stay on the teeth and further demineralize it as well.”