Acid Reflux Damages Teeth
Heartburn. If you’ve ever suffered from it, you understand the painful burning sensation you get inside your chest. Did you know, though that acid reflux damages teeth? The dentists at Westermeier Martin Dental Care explain persistent symptoms, and your dentist can tell, it can damage your teeth.
How do dentists tell if you have acid reflux
GERD, (gastroesophageal reflux disease) is caused when the esophageal sphincter, which separates the stomach from the esophagus, allows acid to seep out of the stomach. This acid can cause heartburn, but heartburn is not always a sign that you have GERD.
Your dentist or dental hygienist can tell if you have this because the enamel on your molars will erode because of the stomach acid. If your dentist notices the erosion of the tooth enamel – and he may be the first medical professional to notice it – he will recommend you see your physician. Your doctor can prescribe treatment or offer suggestions on lifestyle changes to alleviate the harmful effects of GERD.
How can you help relieve acid reflux?
The loss of the enamel on your teeth is permanent. If your acid reflux is left untreated, it could lead to a rapid decay of your teeth. Additionally, the loss of tooth enamel is detrimental to your teeth, but untreated acid reflux can lead to long term damage to your body and even esophageal cancer.
Having regular dental check-ups and examinations will help your dentist determine the state of your teeth and could help you reach out to your physician more quickly and receive treatment to protect your health and your teeth.
If you’re in need of a new dentist or if you’ve neglected your dental care, give our office a call and schedule an appointment. We offer free dental check-ups and examination for first time patients and we also offer free sedation dentistry for our dental-phobic patients.