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Is Acid Reflux Affecting Your Oral Health?

Posted on 6/10/2016 by Fady Ebid
A elderly man suffering from acid reflux disease.Many people are currently living with acid reflux, and if not controlled, it can lead to some pretty painful and uncomfortable symptoms.

What people don't always know is that acid reflux can actually impact your dental health, and understanding the relationship between the two conditions is important in maintaining a healthy and beautiful smile.

How Does Acid Reflux Impact Your Oral Health?

Acid reflux occurs when the stomach acids that are necessary to digest your food make their way back up through the esophagus, causing inflammation and irritation.

Symptoms include heartburn, belching, nausea, and bad breath. Unfortunately, this acid can be harmful to your teeth, as it can cause enamel erosion with time, which can ultimately lead to tooth decay, increased sensitivity, and other damage.

Your Dentist May Be the First to Diagnose Acid Reflux

Because of the many ways that acid erosion can affect your mouth, your dentist might actually be the first professional to diagnose a problem.

You might believe that you only suffer from occasional heartburn or indigestion, but your dentist's evaluation of your teeth could detect something more sinister. He will examine your teeth for signs of erosion and can discuss possible causes, so that you can find the right treatment option.

Tell Your Doctor if You've Been Diagnosed with Acid Reflux

It is important that your dentist is kept up-to-date on your current health status and any medications that you might be taking. There are certain drugs that can cause acid reflux, which could eventually lead to enamel erosion, so be sure to thoroughly address these issues with your dentist.

Strong and healthy teeth are crucial for good oral health throughout your life. If you have acid reflux, you'll need to care for your teeth properly in order to prevent damage.

Contact our office today to learn more about keeping your teeth healthy if you are living with acid reflux.

Preparing For Your Visit
We look forward to meeting you and working with you to achieve full dental health. We ask that you complete your Patient Forms a minimum of two days prior to your scheduled appointment with Lake Pointe Dental - Marietta. This allows our front office team to fully prepare your dental insurance benefits for a comprehensive consultation.

Questions? Please feel welcome to call or email us for assistance.

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