We learn a lot about a person from looking in their mouths! We get clues about your diet, sleep, and whether or not you struggle with acid reflux.
Acid Reflux Is Very Common
Acid reflux is quite common in adults over the age of 20. It’s a condition in which stomach acid leaks up into the oesophagus, creating heartburn or regurgitation. The symptoms are often not severe, so they can easily go unnoticed or ignored.
Most People Don’t Realize The Effects On Teeth
If you experience acid reflux, there may be more damage than you realize. Constant and severe reflux can cause those strong acids to reach your mouth—and your teeth, which can lead to enamel corrosion. Although several conditions can cause the following symptoms, acid reflux is certainly one of them. Are you experiencing:
- Sensitivity to specific foods?
- Unexplained pain or tenderness in your mouth?
- Noticeable thinning or shortening of teeth?
- Darkening of your teeth?
5 Things You Can Do To Help Protect Your Teeth
If you suffer from acid reflux, here are five things you can do to protect your smile:
- Treat your acid reflux! Take this condition seriously. If you’re not being treated, see your doctor for advice and medication that help keep your acid reflux under control.
- Make dietary changes. Restrict acidic foods and drinks like sodas, citrus fruit and juice, tomato products, dairy, caffeine, chocolate, strong & fried foods, and fatty meat.
- Rinse with water after reflux episodes. Don’t let the acid sit on your teeth. Rinsing will wash away acid and prevent further damage.
- Wait to brush your teeth. Exposure to acid can temporarily weaken the enamel. Cleaning your teeth immediately after a reflux episode can be abrasive on your teeth and may hurt your enamel even more.
- Keep your mouth moist and fresh. Chew sugarless gum, lozenges, or candies. If you use antacids, look for sugar-free options and rinse after consuming.