How Acid Reflux Affects Dental Health

How Acid Reflux Affects Dental Health

GERD-gastroesophageal reflux disease-it is a condition where there is reflux of acid from the stomach back into the esophagus eventually making its way into the mouth.

This acid which is in constant contact with the teeth causes demineralization of the layer called enamel.

In patients with GERD symptoms like dry mouth helps intensify the activity of dental plaque and bacteria, thus increasing the chances of tooth decay. In such cases, if patients chew on mints/lozenges containing sugar their teeth are more susceptible to decay.

In such cases, it is advisable to meet a gastroenterologist to treat GERD and modify one’s lifestyle and food habits.
Sipping often on water also helps fight the dry mouth.

Also Read: What is Bruxism?

DR. PRAMANIK NAMRATA

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