What Does Acid Reflux Do To Your Teeth?

October 09, 2018 | Posted in Education

GERD, also known as acid reflux disease, is fairly common among adults. Acid reflux is the reflux of stomach acids back into the esophagus, which can then make their way into the mouth. When stomach acid comes in contact with teeth, it can de-mineralize them.
 
Usually, enamel on the tongue and palate surfaces of the teeth is affected the most, rather than the cheek side of the tooth. Acid reflux can also cause dry mouth, which aids the growth of bacteria and plaque, increasing the risk of developing cavities.
 
Other symptoms of acid reflux disease include sore throat, bad breath, heartburn, and bad sense of taste. Molars are usually the most affected teeth because of their proximity to the esophagus, also meaning that the signs of enamel loss may not be noticeable without inspection by a dentist.
 
If you know that you have acid reflux disease, or are experiencing any of the symptoms outlined above, make sure to contact your dentist. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us here at the Rideau Dental Centre by calling 613-230-7475.