Acid reflux can wear away the enamel on the inside surfaces of your teeth, as well as the chewing surfaces.
Your dentist may notice this during an exam.
Unfortunately, tooth erosion is permanent.
If your enamel has started to wear away, you may:
- · Feel pain or sensitivity when consuming hot, cold or sweet drinks
- · Notice a yellowish discoloration of the teeth
- · Find that your fillings have changed
- · Face greater risks for cavities over time
- · Develop an abscess, in extreme cases
- · Experience tooth loss in extreme cases
- · Once erosion occurs, you may need fillings, crowns, a root canal or even tooth removal. Veneers may be an option to restore the look of your smile.
Here’s what you can do to protect your teeth:
- Avoid brushing your teeth immediately after a reflux episode. Brushing may damage enamel that has already been weakened by acid.
- Chew sugar-free gum. Chewing gum stimulates saliva flow, which reduces acid in your mouth.
- To reduce the risk of demineralization of your teeth, ask your dentist about mouth rinses and toothpastes containing fluoride.
- To dilute the acid in your mouth, rinse vigorously with water.
- Avoiding alcohol and smoking and refraining from eating 3 hours before bedtime may reduce the frequency of acid reflux episodes.
- If heartburn, acid reflux or other stomach problems are part of your daily life, work with your physician on a care plan to treat the underlying causes of your stomach troubles.
- If you suffer from acid reflux, see your dentist regularly so they can make sure your teeth stay healthy, recommend ways to prevent tooth enamel erosion and suggest ways to get relief if you are also suffering from dry mouth.
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