All Smiles Dentistry wants you to Know Acid Reflux Can Cause Enamel Loss
Your All Smiles Dentists want to offer you the best oral care around. One of the ways that you can help us do that is by informing us of any health issues you may suffer from before we get started evaluating your dental health. All incoming patients are asked to fill out patient history forms but you may not even realize or think about Acid Reflux being an issue for you. Maybe you have been just tolerating the discomfort, not recognizing that you actually suffer from this significant health issue that can have a detrimental effect on the health of your teeth as well.
What is Acid Reflux?
Put simply, our stomachs have a great system going. We eat food, and our stomachs have the naturally occurring production of hydrochloric acid to break down the food for healthy digestion. The stomach also produces mucus that coats the stomach lining in order to protect the surrounding areas from being affected by the acid that breaks down our foods An important partner in the process of successful digestion is the esophageal sphincter which connects the esophagus and the stomach and plays the role of “guard”- in a sense- to ensure that acid does not escape in an upwards motion from the stomach. Unfortunately, as a result of possible poor eating choices or possible medication side affects, the esophageal sphincter can become lazy or too relaxed and fail to do its job, resulting in a wide range of burning sensations in the throat and stomach.
If you are not sure if you have Acid Reflux, look at these symptoms:
- Chest pain often mistaken for heart pain
- Burning sensations in the throat when lying down
- Pain that occurs after eating meals
- Harsh voice or sore throat and even cough occurring after meals
- Asthma symptoms arising or increasing after eating
- Difficulty swallowing
If you think you recognize these symptoms as being a regular experience -ask your physician to screen you for Acid Reflux.
Why is it important for your All Smiles Dentists to know
What many people don’t know is that Acid Reflux can slowly eat away at the enamel on your teeth. Delta Dental of California says,
GERD, commonly called acid reflux, is caused when the esophageal sphincter, which separates the stomach from the esophagus, allows acid to seep out of the stomach. Many times this acid causes heartburn, but not always. In the absence of heartburn symptoms, the first indication that a person may have GERD is the erosion of the enamel on the molars or on the backside of teeth. If detected, your dentist may refer you to a specialist, who may prescribe treatment or recommend lifestyle changes specifically for the treatment of GERD, such as avoiding acidic foods.
Your All Smiles Dentists want you to know ways to avoid Acid Reflux:
- Avoid alcohol
- Quit smoking
- Lose weight
- Avoid fatty greasy foods
- Eat smaller meals and slowly
- Steer away from acidic foods
- Check medications that have side effects related to acid reflux
- Be aware that pregnancy, diabetes, and hernias can spark up Acid reflux symptoms
All Smiles Dentistry cares for you as a whole person and wants to give you the information that you need to be a happy healthy person. If you relate with any of the symptoms provided in this article about Acid Reflux, please contact your physician for a health screening.
Call your All Smiles Dentists for your dental care needs today at our Port St Lucie Location 772-335-3088 or click here for other location numbers.