Do you know gastrointestinal disease (GERD)? Also known as acid reflux, this medical condition means that stomach acids may at times travel up your esophagus and into your mouth. When this occurs, your stomach and esophagus are not the only parts of your body that can be injured; your teeth and gums may suffer from tooth erosion and periodontal issues.
Dentists can on occasion be the first to suspect that you have GERD because of its effect on your teeth. You may also have a sinus infection, heartburn, swallowing issues, bad breath, or a hoarse feeling in the throat.
If you believe you may have GERD, call your physician and set up an appointment. He or she can officially diagnose you. Your doctor may recommend a certain medication and tell you to abstain from certain trigger foods like chocolate, alcohol, and citrus, and eat smaller meals.
Dental treatment will depend upon GERD’s exact effects on your teeth. In the case of enamel erosion, we will likely propose a fluoride treatment or recommend that you buy fluoride supplements to rebuild your dental armor. If you have gum disease, we can clean your teeth and gums and offer further treatment as needed.
If your dental health is feeling the effects of acid reflux, Wassif Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Middle River, Maryland, can help. Give us a call at 410-687-1162 to book an appointment with Dr. Cindy Wassif today!