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Beware of Throat Lozenges

April 1, 2016
by Kahaliah Richards

Partners In Prevention 1So here’s the thing… A patient in his 50s, on 2 antidepressants and another med for CV disease, breathing through his mouth at night because of a mouth appliance and experiencing recurrent decay.  Even with Prevora’s protection.

What else might be happening to challenge this topical drug?

Well, sucking on throat lozenges on a frequent and daily basis. The patient says he pops a Fisherman’s Friend regularly.

This lozenge has these main ingredients: menthol and sugar.

The menthol promotes tooth erosion and the sugar stimulates the bacterial attack on the tooth surface. Menthol has a pH of 3.4 which is like orange juice.

This patient has multiple risk factors for dental decay to begin with. Now he is popping throat lozenges which put him into recurrent decay. We are what we suck, it seems.

Managing this patient has proved to be a real challenge. We are suggesting to the dental team to administer Prevora on a more frequent basis to control the bacteria, and to get the patient to use something other than menthol lozenges.

For more, please visit: http://partnersinprevention.ca/beware-of-throat-lozenges/.

By: Ross Perry
SOURCED: Partners In Prevention – www.partnersinprevention.ca

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1 Comment » for Beware of Throat Lozenges
  1. Dave says:

    If you look at the ingredients sugar is not a main ingredient for fishermen’s friend. Wheres a study reference?

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