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Acid Reflex and Your Teeth – Cary, NC

Protect Your Smile from Damaging Stomach Acids

acid reflux written out Have you ever experienced a burning sensation in your chest (i.e., heartburn)? Do you struggle with bad breath and tooth sensitivity even though you take good care of your teeth? The problem may not originate inside your mouth but in your lower esophagus. Acid reflux, which is estimated to affect 50 million Americans, can be not only uncomfortable but also quite damaging to both your esophagus and your smile. Fortunately, Dr. Koch and the rest of our team can help identify this issue and make sure your teeth stay strong and healthy.

What Is Acid Reflux?

man with acid reflux in Cary Acid reflux occurs when the muscles of the lower esophagus relax and allow stomach acids to flow upwards into the esophagus and even the mouth. These stomach acids can cause irritation and inflammation of the esophagus while negatively impacting your oral health.

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is the chronic, more severe form of acid reflux that requires treatment to avoid additional health complications. Children and adults who have frequent heartburn two or more times per week and suffer from other related symptoms may be diagnosed with GERD.

How Does Acid Reflux Impact Your Oral Health?

dental exam You may have heard that you shouldn’t drink too much orange juice because acidic substances can erode and weaken your tooth enamel. If the acids in your stomach reach your mouth, they provide a hostile environment for your teeth. In fact, the strong stomach acids over time make teeth more susceptible to sensitivity, decay, chipping, discoloration, and cracking.

What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Acid Reflux?

woman in the park with acid reflux in Cary Inside the mouth, acid reflux can manifest in several ways, such as a burning sensation or bad breath. Other symptoms of this condition include the following:

If you suspect that you could have acid reflux, you need to visit with a physician for proper testing and diagnosis.

How Can You Protect Your Smile from Acid Reflux?

woman drinking water to help with acid reflux in Cary Sometimes acid reflux patients can go years before realizing that they have this condition. By that point, tooth erosion may have already started. That’s why it’s important to visit our office regularly for an evaluation of your tooth enamel. Here are some other useful tips for stopping damage to your smile:

Other small changes to your lifestyle that can have a big impact include the following:

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