How Does Acid Reflux Affect My Teeth?

Updated: Jul 1, 2019

Believe us when we say, your dentist probably knows you suffer from #acidreflux long before you do, and here's why...Acid reflux (#GERD) is caused when the #esophageal #sphincter, which separates the #stomach from the esophagus, allows acid to seep out of the stomach. Many times this acid causes symptoms of heartburn, but not always. For your #dentist and #hygienist, the first indication that you may have acid reflux (GERD) is the erosion of the enamel on the molars or on the backside of teeth. #Enamel is a protective layer on the outside of your #teeth. The loss of enamel is permanent and can increase your risk of tooth decay.

That’s why getting a regular dental oral exam is so important — your dentist may find early symptoms of a potentially serious problem before it progresses. In fact, more than 90% of systemic diseases have #oralmanifestations that may be detected during an oral exam by a dentist.

Here are a few helpful changes you can make to reduce your risk of acid reflux: 1) #eatsmallermeals, 2) #stayupright after eating, 3) cut out #smoking and #alcohol, 4) #Changeyourdiet - trigger foods and drinks include tomatoes, citric fruits, chocolate, coffee, garlic, onions and meals that are spicy, acidic or high in fat.

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