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Home Remedies for Digestive Issues May Lead to Dental Caries


February 14, 2017
by Martha Ann Keels, D.D.S., Ph.D., AAP News

Constipation and dental caries may sound like strange bedfellows, but there is a connection.

Seventeen to 40% of children experience constipation. Symptoms such as painful defecation, fecal incontinence and abdominal pain can contribute to significant distress for both the child and family. The desire for immediate relief may lead families to try home remedies, many of which are known to cause dental caries.

In one week, two pediatric patients presented to a dental clinic with a mouthful of cavities. Both children were healthy with the exception of a history of chronic constipation. Both children were following an elder relative’s recommendation to drink a sugar syrup several times a day along with juice and were snacking frequently on dried fruit and fiber gummies.

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