Acid reflux and GERD can take a significant toll on teeth enamel, dissolving it and making teeth sensitive and more likely to decay.
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, more than seven million people suffer from severe acid reflux. However, David Lazarchik, DMD, lead author of the study notes that, “patients often are not aware of the damage that reflux-induced erosion has caused to their teeth until it has reached an advanced stage of destruction.”
What we eat can have a big part in causing acid reflux: Consumption of spicy, fatty, or fried foods, as well as chocolate, caffeine, citric fruits and beverages and dairy products can lead to acid reflux. Additionally, you should check with a medical practitioner, as there are other medical or health challenges that can cause acid reflux, as well.
If Acid Reflux-Induced Erosion to your Enamel is Diagnosed:
- Drink water after eating with every meal.
- Avoid eating acidic foods and foods that can cause acid reflux (tomatoes, citric fruits, spicy & fried foods, fatty meats, dairy, chocolate and caffeine)
- Avoid brushing for 60 minutes after reflux episodes
- Rinse mouth with water after reflux episodes and drink water
- Take a sugar-free antacid and let it dissolve in the mouth
- Chew xylitol gum or other sugarless gums, lozenges or candies
By fully treating your esophagus and sphincter through changes in diet and lifestyle, you will be able to cure your acid reflux permanently. If you have questions about the treatments outlined in this article or if you want to schedule a free dental consultation today, call our office at (562) 434-6414.