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Is My Acid Reflux Affecting My Oral Health?

June 22, 2021
Posted By: Chesapeake Bay Dentistry
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Did you know that your digestive problems can affect the health of your teeth? Having an upset stomach, specifically acid reflux, can gradually wear down your teeth’s protective enamel. This process is called tooth erosion, and it can affect the appearance of your teeth and can even lead to bacteria accumulation and cavities. 

Chesapeake Bay Dentistry is a full-service family dental office in Annapolis, MD that can help keep your teeth and gums in excellent health. We offer various services, such as preventive dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, restorations, and more. If you need help protecting your teeth from acid reflux, don’t hesitate to give us a call at (410) 266-8250

What Is Acid Reflux?

Our stomachs produce natural acids to digest our food, and sometimes, these acids can travel up our throats and into our mouths. Those with acid reflux often experience this throughout the day, which can eventually affect the teeth. 

Typically, our saliva balances the levels of acid, washes away food particles, and reduces the risk of bacteria attacking the enamel. Those with dry mouth that don’t produce much saliva may have a higher risk of developing cavities for this very reason. 

How Does Acid Reflux Affect My Teeth?

Acid reflux can wear away enamel and the teeth’s chewing surfaces. However, visiting your dentist regularly can help protect your teeth from reflex-related tooth erosion. If you experience the following, your enamel may have started to wear away, and you should see your Annapolis dentist for treatment:

  • You experience pain or sensitivity to hot or cold foods and drinks. 
  • You notice your teeth are yellowish and discolored. 
  • Your fillings have changed. 
  • You develop an abscess, in extreme cases. 
  • You experience tooth loss, in extreme cases. 
  • You have a higher risk of developing cavities. 

If you experience tooth erosion due to acid reflux, Dr. Keith Polizois can create for you reliable and durable fillings, crowns, or veneers to restore your smile. Depending on your case, he can also perform a gentle root canal or extraction to preserve your smile’s health and function. 

Tips for Keeping Your Teeth Safe from Acid Reflux 

  1. Chew sugar-free gum to promote saliva production. 
  2. Use prescription or over-the-counter fluoride or desensitizing toothpaste to strengthen enamel. 
  3. Avoid tobacco use, smoking, and alcohol. 
  4. Avoid eating three hours before bed, as this can reduce acid reflux episodes. 
  5. Consult your physician to treat the underlying cause of your acid reflux. 
  6. See your dentist regularly to prevent enamel erosion, treat dry mouth, and more. 

To schedule an appointment with a trusted family dentist in Annapolis, MD, please contact Dr. Keith Polizois today! 

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