Do you often experience heartburn and acid regurgitating back to your mouth? If yes, then you might have acid reflux disease. A condition caused by stomach acid backing up to your esophagus, acid reflux disease is actually common among adults over 20. This disease often goes undiagnosed as symptoms are sometimes not too severe to get noticed. Aside from the discomfort it causes, acid reflux also has damaging effects on our teeth. When stomach acid reaches the mouth, it wears away the tooth enamel causing sensitivity, pain, darkening, and thinning in our teeth. Fortunately, there are ways to deal with the damage caused by acid reflux. Be sure to follow these so you can prevent more damage to your teeth.
1. Have your acid reflux disease treated
This should be the first step to protect your teeth from acid reflux. Consult with your doctor and ask for advice or medications to manage your acid reflux.
2. Change your diet
Do not eat too much food with high acid content such as citrus fruits and juices, sodas, milk, chocolate, caffeine, meat high in fat, and others.
3. Cleanse your mouth with water whenever you experience acid reflux
Gargling water will rid your mouth of the acid that has clung to your teeth and thus, stop enamel erosion.
4. Do not brush your teeth immediately after a reflux episode
Brushing your teeth can add damage to your tooth enamel. It is best to wait for an hour before brushing your teeth.
5. Make sure your mouth stays moist and clean
Use gums, lozenges, or candies without sugar. Choose sugar-free antacids for your acid reflux and always rinse after taking antacids.
You can talk to us about your acid reflux.
We know how difficult it is to deal with chronic acid reflux disease. You can call Carson Dental and Cosmetic Centre at 562-988-7788. We are always glad to listen and help you with your oral and whole-body health concerns.Leave a reply →