If you have acid reflux, which is also known as gastroesophageal reflux disease or reflux disease, you probably know that there are several things you should be aware of. GERD actually pushes acids from your stomach into your esophagus and causes issues like heartburn. This disease can be caused by a number of issues, including smoking, your diet, and other lifestyle factors. If you’re worried about GERD, please contact your doctor for specific advice. However, please remember that GERD can also influence your oral health.
Unfortunately, the powerful acids from your stomach can weaken your enamel, which is the protective layer of your teeth. If your enamel is weakened, you’ll be more vulnerable to tooth decay. Acid reflux might also dry out your mouth, which helps bad bacteria grow–which can also leave you more vulnerable to cavities.
Luckily, if your teeth are damaged by GERD, our team can offer you a few solutions. One choice we may recommend is dental bonding, which we could use to correct issues like chips or cracks in your pearly whites. We may also suggest veneers, which are essentially thin shells that are fused to your teeth. Veneers are made to look like your natural teeth and used to cover imperfections.
Still, we recommend visiting your doctor about your acid reflux before you visit our team. If you’re interested in learning more about how our team can help you deal with the effects of acid reflux in Mesa, Arizona, we invite you to contact Bryce E. Justesen, DDS at 480.827.1234. Our dentist, Dr. Bryce E. Justesen, and our team look forward to meeting with you!