Colgate Colgate Oral and Dental Health Resource Center

Innovative toothpastes to clean and brighten every type of smile.


A toothbrush for every type of smile, designed with comfort and results in mind.


Colgate kids' products make brushing fun and encourage routine use.

Kids' Products

Oral care products available exclusively through dental professionals.

Products From the Dentist

Professional grade oral care, available without a prescription.

Other Oral Care

Every smile is unique and requires a different type of care. Colgate has a solution for every smile.

Search by Benefit
Font size

Sweetened medications can cause cavities

Now that cold and flu season is in full swing, parents should remember to protect their child’s dental health while they’re giving them over-the-counter medications and cough syrups.

These medicines, say researchers in the journal General Dentistry, contain acids and sugars that can cause erosion of tooth enamel. The sugars can come into contact with germs that live in the mouth in plaque, the sticky film of bacteria that forms on the teeth. The bacteria feed off sugars and starches, producing acids that can destroy the hard surface of the tooth, called the enamel.

What's the best way to fight seasonal ills and protect teeth?

Researchers agree topical fluoride and good oral health habits can protect teeth. They also recommend dosing with meals instead of at bedtime, when sugary medications have all night to damage teeth and having the child rinse his or her mouth with water or chew sugar-free gum after taking medications.

Talk to your child's dentist about any medications he or she is taking for more detailed instructions or visit the American Dental Association Web site for recommendations on good oral hygiene:

Please contact the ADA if you have questions about this article.

©2010 American Dental Association. All rights reserved. Reproduction or republication is strictly prohibited without the prior written permission from the American Dental Association.

01/30/2006  |  |  Legal/Privacy  | Site Map  |  Contact Us
© Colgate-Palmolive Company. All rights reserved.
You are viewing the United States site.