Acid Reflux and Tooth Decay
Acid reflux disease is a very common condition; in fact, about 7 million people suffer from this condition, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and this number is only increasing. Acid reflux causes stomach acid to move up a person’s esophagus because the lower esophageal sphincter doesn’t close all the way or opens too frequently. As a result of this, stomach acid may enter a person’s mouth, leading to severe tooth decay because of the erosion that it has the potential to cause.
Tooth Damage from Acid Reflux
Damage to teeth from the effects of acid reflux can be measured based on pH balance. Stomach acid, which comes up with acid reflux, has a low pH of 2.0, and can cause severe tooth decay over time. This decay might involve:
- Broken teeth
- Severe erosion
- Loss of enamel
- Tooth / gum pain
- Gum disease
All of these side effects of acid reflux can be damaging to one’s teeth and, over time, can make dental repair more difficult. Seeking help when you have acid reflux that is severe enough to send stomach acid into your mouth, though, can go a long way towards preventing severe problems in the future.
If you or someone you know has acid reflux and suffers from tooth damage or decay, or is looking to prevent such damage and decay, then the dental specialists at BridgeView Dental can help. Contact our local offices today to talk about your situation and to discuss a repair and tooth care plan by calling 512-347-8299