Acid Reflux and Your Teeth

Acid Reflux Tooth Health Knightdale, Zebulon, Cary, Clayton, Benson, NCAcid reflux occurs when the muscles of the lower esophagus relax and let stomach acids flow upward into the esophagus and sometimes the mouth.

Signs and symptoms are often difficult to detect.  Symptoms can include heartburn, regurgitation, sore throat, difficulty swallowing, tooth sensitivity, and erosion of tooth enamel.

Since stomach acid will erode the enamel of your teeth, it is crucial for the longevity of your teeth to protect against acid reflux and GERD.  If you believe you may be at risk for acid reflux or GERD, your physician can use a variety of tests, xrays, or endoscopy to diagnose this condition.   You can protect your teeth by rinsing your mouth with water following exposure to acidic foods or drinks and after an episode of acid reflux.  Do not brush your teeth for sixty minutes after rinsing.

  • Receive fluoride treatments to strengthen your teeth
  • Avoid sugary over the counter antacids
  • Use dentin-sensitive toothpaste
  • Visit your dentist regularly to monitor possible erosion of the enamel on your teeth

To ensure the safety and health of your teeth and body, lifestyle modifications and medications are necessary to control acid reflux and GERD.

Sensitive Teeth…Ouch!

Sensitive Teeth Knightdale, Zebulon, Cary, Clayton, Benson, NCTooth hypersensitivity, or sensitive teeth, affects nearly 40 million Americans and can make normal daily activities such as eating, drinking, and even breathing miserable.  This short, sharp pain caused by exposure of the dentine most commonly affects people in their twenties and thirties.  Dentine is a sponge-like material that contains small channels that connect the root canal space to the outside of the dentine.  Thus, when dentine is exposed to hot, cold, or even air a painful response occurs. Tooth hypersensitivity can be caused by too little or too much brushing, poor dental hygiene, dental erosion, age, or tooth whitening.   

The most common treatment of tooth hypersensitivity is the blocking of the small tubes that make up dentine.  In an attempt to block these tubes, dental professionals will often suggest a fluoride varnish application at the site of pain.  Fluoride creates a barrier on the surface of dentine, minimizing the feeling of discomfort.  Many patients also find using a tooth paste designed for sensitivity to be helpful over a period of time. These pastes contain abrasive components that block the small tubes in dentine.  They should be applied with a brush and should not be rinsed off with water.  

Remember there are a number of options that can provide relief from sensitivity.  Give the professionals at Axiom Dentistry a call and start enjoying that next bowl of ice cream this summer!

Floss and Live Six Years Longer

Floss and Live Longer Knightdale, Zebulon, Cary, Clayton, Benson, NCFlossing should be an important part of your overall oral health routine.  Unfortunately, brushing alone does not clean in between your teeth.  Plaque is a soft white accumulation of microorganisims that builds up in between brushing each day.  Studies show plaque contains 400 or more different species of bacteria and billions of individual germs.

There are numerous reasons to floss daily.  When plaque is not removed, and it mixes with sugars in the food we eat, the bacteria that lives in plaque begins the process of tooth decay.  Plaque also accumulates around gums and between teeth causing gingivitis, the first stages of gum disease.  Metabolism of bacteria contained in plaque that is left behind after brushing can also be a leading cause of bad breath.

If these reasons are not enough to encourage you to floss daily then how about the fact that flossing could add as much as six years to your life?  Getting rid of bacteria in the mouth keeps your immune system in good shape.  The same bacteria in plaque that can lead to gum disease can also lead to inflammation of your arteries and cause heart disease.

If you are working to improve your overall health Axiom Dentistry recommends adding flossing to your daily routine and have another reason to smile!

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