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ACID REFLUX and GERD

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 that have frequent heartburn two or more times per week and suffer from other related symptoms may be diagnosed with GERD.    

MEDICAL SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS:

DENTAL SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS:

 “SILENT” REFLUX:

TREATMENTS and LIFESTYLE MODIFICATIONS:

PROTECTING YOUR ORAL HEALTH:

*** If you often suffer from heartburn or acid indigestion, make an appointment with your physician for evaluation.

GERD is sometimes diagnosed by symptoms, but your physician may want to perform testing such as: Upper Gastrointestinal (GI) Series of X-rays, Endoscopy, pH Monitoring, or Manometry.

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