If you’re dealing with acid reflux, which is also known as gastroesophageal reflux disease or acid reflux disease, you might have heard that there are a few things you should know. For instance, it’s important to know that GERD actually pushes acids from your stomach into your esophagus, and causes problems such as heartburn. This issue can also be caused by several problems, including smoking, your diet, and some lifestyle choices. If you’re worried about GERD, please don’t hesitate to contact your doctor for specific advice. However, you should also know that GERD can influence your oral health.
Sadly, the acids from your stomach are fairly powerful and can weaken your enamel, which is the hard, protective layer of your pearly whites. If your enamel is worn down, you’ll be more likely to have tooth decay or gum disease. Acid reflux could also dry out your mouth, which will let bad bacteria grow more quickly–which might leave you more vulnerable to cavities.
Luckily, if you have been affected by GERD, there are several things you could consider doing. For instance, we could recommend having a veneer placed or we could recommend dental bonding. Either of these options can be used to cover imperfections in your smile. We could also suggest a crown if you’ve suffered from more extensive damage.
Still, we suggest calling your doctor about your acid reflux before you schedule an appointment with us. If you’d like to learn more about how our team can help you cope with damage caused by acid reflux in Windsor Locks, Connecticut, please feel free to call Healthy Smiles Dental Care PC at 860-623-2601. Our dentist, Dr. Chris Kim, and our team are eager to hear from you!