Do you have acid reflux? If so, your dental health might be at risk. Acid reflux or GERD causes stomach acids to back up into the esophagus and even the mouth. Your risk for esophageal damage is the most serious, but you may also experience tooth erosion and periodontal issues from the acid in your mouth.
If you’ve been diagnosed, it’s important to follow your doctor’s advice. This may include taking medication, eating smaller meals and avoiding foods with a high pH such as tomato, citrus, onions, and spicy foods or other trigger foods such as chocolate, alcohol or coffee.
Dentists are often the first to notice acid reflux symptoms via tooth erosion and other issues. You may also have sinus infections, heartburn, swallowing issues, bad breath, or a hoarse feeling in the throat.
Dental treatment for acid reflux will depend upon the damage done. If your enamel has eroded, we may recommend a fluoride treatment or a daily dose of fluoride supplements to rebuild your dental armor. If you’ve developed gum disease, we can offer a scaling and root planing and give you tips on how to defend yourself against its effects in your daily life.
If you’ve suffered the dental effects of acid reflux, Whispering Pines Dental in Las Vegas, Nevada can help. Give us a call at 702-384-5070 to set up an appointment with Dr. William Robison today!