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.

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