If you have acid reflux (also known as GERD) your oral health might be at risk. This is a medical condition that causes stomach acids to back up into the esophagus and even the mouth. Your risk for damage to the esophagus is the most likely, but you may also experience tooth erosion and periodontal issues from the acid in your mouth.
If you suspect you have this disease, visit your physician. He or she can diagnose you and give you treatment and advice. Treatment strategies 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 usually the first to observe acid reflux symptoms because of the effect it has on your teeth. You may also notice a sinus infection, heartburn, swallowing issues, bad breath, or a hoarse feeling in the throat.
Dental treatment for acid reflux will depend upon its precise effect. If you have enamel erosion, we may suggest a fluoride treatment or buying over-the-counter fluoride supplements to rebuild your dental armor. If you have gum disease, we can offer scaling and root planing and give you tips on how to defend yourself against its effects in your daily life.
If your mouth is suffering from acid reflux, David E. Pearson DMD PC in Lawrenceville, Georgia can help. Give us a call at 770.995.9051 to set up an appointment with Dr. David E. Pearson.