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Managing Acid Reflux Can Help Your Oral Health

Posted on 7/20/2018 by Water's Edge Dental
Managing Acid Reflux Can Help Your Oral HealthIf you have been diagnosed with gastroesophageal acid reflux or GERD, you can be at risk for potential dental health issues.

Even if you have acid reflux sporadically, it could affect your oral health because of the acids from the stomach that back up into the esophagus and mouth.

How Can Acid Reflux be Treated?

Treatment for acid reflux can include prescription or over-the-counter medications, as well as eating smaller meals and avoiding foods that are acidic such as tomato, citrus, raw onions, spicy foods, alcohol, coffee, or chocolate.

How is Acid Reflux Diagnosed with an Oral Exam?

Our dentist can be the first professional to notice if you have acid reflux because there can be tooth erosion or other signs in the mouth. Since the acid from reflux is in contact with your teeth, it can demineralize or remove layers from them.

Patients that suffer from GERD, can also have dry mouth, which contribute to increased plaque production.

Dental Problems from Acid Reflux

•  Dry mouth - this is one of the most common effects of acid reflux and can create more bacteria in the mouth, which produces more plaque and an increased risk for periodontal disease.
•  Tooth decay - if you suffer with dry mouth, you naturally want to increase its moisture and the most common way to do this is by sucking on mints or chewing gum. However, this can lead to tooth decay because of the sugar contained in these products. You can opt for chewing sugarless gum that contains Xylitol to relieve your dry mouth symptoms.
•  Loss of enamel - when you suffer from GERD, the teeth come into contact with the acids from the reflux, which can damage your teeth's enamel.

It is important to get your acid reflux under control with proper treatment because, it not only affects your body, but it can create some serious problems with your oral health.

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