Have you heard of acid reflux? If so, you probably know that acids produced in your stomach can be pushed into your esophagus and lead to heartburn. Unfortunately, acids in your esophagus can also get into your smile. As you may guess, this can lead to quite a few problems.
For instance, did you know that acid could damage your enamel—which is the hardest substance in your entire body. However, while it is strong, it can be softened and worn down by acids. Similarly, if you suffer from acid reflux (which is also known as Gastroesophageal reflux disease), you’re more likely to have dry mouth and plaque buildup. Similarly, if acids are in your mouth, your teeth will be more vulnerable to cavities and tooth decay.
Unfortunately, if acid wears your enamel away, you may experience tooth sensitivity. This sensitivity often begins as slight pain, but if the issue isn’t addressed, the pain could become extreme and affect all your teeth. Also, because bacteria will be more likely to grow in a dry mouth, you’ll be more vulnerable to gum disease. If your gums recede—which happens with gum disease—your roots will become vulnerable to the bacteria in your mouth. In fact, if this issue isn’t addressed, you could eventually lose teeth.
Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to protect your smile. For instance, we recommend not smoking or wearing tight clothes. Similarly, if you nap try, sleeping in a chair. You should also avoid eating for at least two hours before you sleep. Of course, we also recommend visiting us. Dr. James E. Gaff will be happy to give you advice that meets your needs.
Do you have any more questions about acid reflux? Would you like more individualized advice on controlling your acid reflux? If so, please feel free to call us at 904-641-2655.