More than 10% of people experience heart burn discomfort. This acid indigestion is a common symptom of ‘chronic acid reflux’ or gastroesophogeal reflux disease (GERD).
Acid reflux occurs when the esophagus allows acids from the stomach to flow upwards and possibly into the mouth. These acids cause discomfort and other more serious problems. In GERD the oesophageal muscles can not act to keep the stomach acids out.
Common signs and symptoms of GERD are heartburn, swallowing difficulty, regurgitation, soar mouth, coughing tooth erosion, tooth sensitivity, chipped teeth and bad breath. GERD affects your oral health by causing the enamel on your teeth to lose calcium. This acid erosion leaves the teeth week and sensitive.
Once your physician has diagnosed GEERD there are ways to control it. These include medications and diet changes.
Your teeth can be protected by regular scheduled dental appointments, Fluoride therapy to strengthen teeth, use of desensitizing tooth paste, rinsing your mouth not brushing immediately after eating.
By Dr. Perelgut