How Acid Reflux Harms The Gums And Teeth
Posted on 2/6/2023 by Todd Jorgenson
| Acid reflux also referred to as heartburn, can become chronic for most patients. When it occurs persistently, heartburn can impact many aspects of life, including damage to dental health. Over time, acid reflux can bring about unexpected and worrisome consequences to your oral health.
Heartburn and Oral Health
Acid reflux happens when excess stomach acid moves up via the esophagus, causing pain or heartburn. The acid is able to reach as far as the mouth where it mixes with saliva, hence affecting the teeth and gums.
Acids, including those from the stomach and in foods and drinks, can damage the protective layer of teeth or enamel. They can slowly wash away your enamel, secretly damaging the teeth. A patient will have tooth sensitivity as the first indicator of acid damage to the teeth. With increased acid flow to the mouth, you may have cavities, decay, and gum disease.
Saving your Oral Health from Acid Reflux Damage
You may want to adhere to these tips if you have persistent heartburn. First, treat acid reflux. A primary care doctor can help you out. Also consider avoiding acid reflux triggers such as excess weight, foods that bring about increased stomach acid, alcohol and tobacco use, and certain medications.
Besides, maintain excellent oral hygiene. Brush twice a day for about 120 seconds. Use toothpaste containing fluoride because the mineral replenishes the lost enamel. A fluoride mouthwash also helps remineralize those soft spots of the enamel.
You may also want to delay brushing after having a meal. Although it may seem counterintuitive, it is usually not advisable to brush your teeth soon after snacking or eating a meal. Waiting an hour or so after eating allows the enamel to harden, after which you can brush. Talk to us to discover more about acid reflux and its impact on oral health. Contact us today.