You’ve probably heard about gastroesophageal reflux disease, which is usually called acid reflux or GERD. You are probably aware that this problem can cause heartburn and cause acids to be pushed into your mouth through your esophagus. However, would you be interested in learning that it can also influence the health of your teeth and gums?
In reality, acid reflux can actually be caused by a number of issues. Certain medical conditions, smoking, your diet, and even medications can actually be causing your acid reflux. If you suffering from these issues, the acids from your stomach will ultimately weaken your enamel, which is the hard, protective layer of your teeth. Acid reflux may also lead dry mouth, which leaves you more susceptible to tooth decay and enamel erosion.
If your pearly whites have been affected by GERD, there are many different treatments we could recommend. For instance, we would usually recommend bonding, which is used to repair cracks and chips. Dental veneers can also be extremely useful because they are fused to your pearly whites to cover imperfections. If your damage is pretty extensive, we could often suggest dental crowns. Crowns are made look like your other teeth and to blend with your smile. While these treatments might work well for you, we recommend having your GERD treated contacting our office.
If you would like to learn more about how you can protect your teeth and gums from GERD, we suggest talking to your doctor. They can help you decide on a custom solution based on your unique needs. If you’re you’re hoping to learn more about protecting your teeth from acid reflux in Dallas, Texas, please to give Jeff Jones, DDS a call at 214.824.2130. Our dentist, Dr. Jeffrey V. Jones, and our look forward to meeting with you!