Do you have acid reflux or gastrointestinal disease (GERD)? This medical condition means that stomach acids sometimes travel up your esophagus and into your mouth. When this happens, your stomach and esophagus are not the only parts of your body that can be damaged; your teeth and gums are at risk as well. The most common damage is tooth erosion and periodontal issues.
Dentists can sometimes be the first to find that you have acid reflux because of its effect on your teeth. You may also notice a sinus infection, heartburn, swallowing issues, bad breath, or a hoarse feeling in the throat.
Your primary physician is the one to officially diagnose you and offer appropriate treatment. This may entail taking medication, abstaining from certain trigger foods like chocolate, alcohol, and citrus, and eating smaller meals.
Dental treatment may depend upon what dental condition happens as a result of acid reflux. If you have enamel erosion, we will likely propose a fluoride treatment or recommend that you buy fluoride supplements. If you have gum disease, we can clean your teeth and gums, give you specialized advice and offer further treatment according to your needs.
If your dental health is feeling the effects of acid reflux, Carolyn Walker in San Antonio, Texas can help. Give us a call at 210-698-1010 to book an appointment with Dr. Carolyn Walker today!