Acid reflux is not only uncomfortable but it is also bad for your health. If you experience acid reflux after eating certain foods or drinking certain beverages, you are not alone. In fact, about 60% of the adult population will experience some amount of acid reflux at one point or another. Because acid reflux causes things like stomach acid to travel up through your esophagus and into your mouth, it can cause dental problems like tooth erosion and even periodontitis. If you have acid reflux, read on to learn more.
When it comes down to it, it can be hard to 100% the possibility of tooth erosion in your life. Most commonly associated with acidic foods and beverages, like oranges and sodas, tooth erosion can also occur from acid reflux disorder. How exactly? The acidity from your stomach acid can eat away at your tooth’s enamel, causing your teeth to become weak and prone to things like cavities and erosion.
In order to help prevent against dental erosion due to stomach acid, try to brush your teeth a few times a day. By brushing your teeth on a regular and consistent basis, you can help to stabilize the acid in your mouth and prevent against any sort of damage that may occur.
Periodontitis is a gum infection that can cause damage to the soft tissue and bones around your gums and teeth. Typically linked to the absence or lack of brushing your teeth and visiting the dentist on a regular basis, periodontitis can also be caused by acid reflux. If your stomach acid comes in frequent contact with your gums, it can eat away at the soft tissue and can cause an infection.
If you do get periodontitis, however, Dr. Joel Smith can assess the situation and may prescribe an antibiotic to help ease the pain and get rid of the infection before it causes further or more permanent damage.
Acid reflux isn’t only harmful on your esophagus but it can also wreak havoc on your oral health as well. If you suffer from acid reflux and are worried about the condition of your teeth and gums, contact Dr. Joel Smith today to schedule an appointment!