Allergy Season and Oral Health

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It’s now springtime and that means allergy season is right around the corner. For those with allergy symptoms, springtime can be very uncomfortable and many families will turn to allergy medication for relief. Have you considered the affect that allergy medication may have on the teeth? Unfortunately, many common medications stimulate tooth decay!

Antihistamine syrup and “rapid melt” tabs usually contain sugar to help with taste and will leave a sticky substance on the teeth. In addition, many of these products also have high acidity and low pH levels, which can dissolve tooth enamel too.

We suggest that you don’t give allergy medications to your kids right before bedtime.  It’s best for them to take these treatments with food, since chewing increases saliva flow. If there’s no way to avoid a bedtime dose, be sure to have them rinse with water after taking the correct dose.

We also recommend that you to check to see if your kids’ medications indicate a side effect of dry mouth. Experiencing dry mouth will reduce saliva flow and may heighten the risk for tooth decay. If your child experiences dry mouth, be sure to keep a water bottle or sippy cup handy and encourage them to drink plenty of water.

Remember – even if your child doesn’t feel well, encourage them to brush two times a day for two minutes each time!

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