Acid reflux is a common health concern that people of all ages deal with. Symptoms of acid reflux include heartburn, foul taste in the mouth, nausea, regurgitation, bloating, and abdominal discomfort.
Acid reflux happens when the stomach acids irritate the esophagus, causing a variety of symptoms. Acid reflux can even cause issues for your oral health. When acid erodes the dental enamel, it can cause damage to your teeth. When the enamel wears away, the inner layer of your tooth is exposed, which may lead to serious complications for your oral health.
Try to follow these key tips to avoid acid reflux and prevent damage to your tooth enamel.
- chew sugarfree gum
- avoid fried foods and carbonated drink
- avoid spicy or acidic foods
- drink plenty of water
- do not smoke
- eat smaller meals
- use mouthwash with fluoride
- do not brush your teeth immediately after an episode
- when sleeping, elevate your head.
During your appointment, Dr. Nicholas Gardner can check for any signs of dental erosion. Dr. Gardner will work with you to develop a treatment plan to repair damaged teeth. Depending on the extent of damage and the condition of your overall oral health, Dr. Gardner may suggest porcelain veneers, dental crowns, or dental bonding. If you would like to explore your options to repair damaged teeth, visit our Gouverneur, NY dental office. To schedule an appointment, patients can call (315) 203-1772 or schedule an appointment online.
If you suspect you may have acid reflux, we suggest you speak with your primary care physician.