Protect Your Smile From Acid Reflux Disease
- Posted on: Mar 12 2014
Looking inside someone’s mouth, members of a dental team can learn a lot! We can get clues about your diet, how sound you sleep, and perhaps whether or not you struggle with acid reflux.
Acid Reflux Disease Is Very Common Today
Acid reflux disease is quite common in adults over the age of 20. This is a condition where stomach acid leaks up into the esophagus creating heartburn or regurgitation. Often, the symptoms are not severe so it can go unnoticed or ignored.
Most People Don’t Realize The Potential Effects On Teeth
If you suffer from acid reflux it’s possible that there’s more damage going on than you realize. Frequent and/or severe reflux can cause those powerful acids to reach your mouth—and your teeth, which can lead to enamel erosion. Although the following symptoms can be caused by a number of conditions, acid reflux is certainly one of them. Are you experiencing:
- sensitivity to certain foods?
- unexplained pain or irritation in your mouth?
- noticeable thinning or shortening of teeth?
- darkening of your teeth?
5 Things You Can Do To Help Protect Your Smile
If you struggle with acid reflux, here are five things you can do to protect your smile:
- Treat your acid reflux disease! Take this condition seriously. If you’re not yet being treated, see your doctor for recommendations and/or medications that help keep your acid reflux under control.
- Make simple dietary changes. Limit acidic foods and drinks like sodas, citrus fruits and juices, tomato products, milk, caffeine, chocolate, spicy & fried foods, fatty meats or anything acidic in nature.
- Rinse your mouth with water after reflux episodes. Don’t let the acids sit on your teeth. Rinsing will wash away acids and help prevent further damage.
- Wait an hour after reflux episodes to brush your teeth. Exposure to acid can temporarily weaken enamel. Brushing immediately after reflux episodes can be harsh on your teeth and may hurt your enamel more.
- Keep your mouth moist and fresh. Chew sugarless gums, lozenges, or candies. If you use antacids, look for sugar-free ones and rinse after consuming.
On The Lighter Side
Life’s too short, right? Sometimes we have to lighten things up—even when talking about serious subjects!
Talk With Us About Your Acid Reflux
We understand how frustrating it can be to live with chronic acid reflux disease. Give us a call if you have concerns. We always enjoy and appreciate visiting with you about your oral health and whole-body health.
As always, thanks for being our valued patient and friend.
Posted in: Prevention