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What Can Acid Reflux Do To Your Smile?

September 13, 2013

Occasional heartburn is common. What’s less common is experiencing heartburn two, three, or more times a week, though it happens.

If you experience heartburn this frequently, it could be a sign of acid reflux disease. Other symptoms of acid reflux disease include:

  • Burping or bloating
  • Nausea
  • Regurgitation
  • Hiccups
  • Narrowing of the esophagus
  • Weight loss
  • Sore throat, wheezing, hoarseness, or dry cough
  • Black/bloody stools or bloody vomiting

But were you aware that acid reflex can also have an impact on your oral health? That’s because, when a patient experiences acid reflux, some amount of acid leaks from the stomach to the esophagus. If this acid ends up coming into contact with a patient’s teeth, it can damage the patient’s protective tooth enamel, exposing the sensitive layer of dentin underneath.

Signs your teeth may have been damaged by stomach acid include:

  • Sensitivity to hot, cold, or sweet foods and drinks
  • Thin or shortened teeth
  • Pain or irritation
  • Sharp-edged teeth

At Juno Beach Restorative & Aesthetic Dentistry, Dr. Duane Keuning and Dr. Greg Riley offer a combination of general and restorative services to help patients overcome decay and reclaim optimal oral health. We serve patients from North Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Tequesta, and Jupiter. Call us today!

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