4 Ways To Protect Your Teeth From Acid Reflux
Acid reflux, also known as GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease), is a common issue in the United States and occurs when stomach acid is regurgitated into the esophagus, often causing heartburn.
Acid reflux can cause a number of health issues, but one overlooked symptom is damage to the teeth. Stomach acid is incredibly corrosive, and if you have GERD, it could damage your teeth and harm your oral health. In this article, we’ll take a look at a few of the best ways you can protect your teeth from acid reflux.
- Get Medical Help For Acid Reflux
The best way to protect your teeth is to get your acid reflux under control. Your general physician can prescribe a number of medications, such as Nexium, that can reduce the severity of GERD, and prevent damage to your teeth. You should also follow any lifestyle changes they recommend – such as avoiding large, spicy and fatty meals, particularly before bed.
- Rinse Your Mouth After An Episode
If you do have an acid reflux episode, the best way to neutralize the acid is to mix a small amount of baking soda with water and rinse your mouth with this solution. You can also drink some of this mixture or take an antacid tablet and drink some milk to further neutralize the acid.
- Practice Good Oral Hygiene
Make sure you’re brushing at least twice a day. You want to wait 15 minutes after a GERD episode before brushing your teeth. Acid softens the enamel for about 15 minutes. When the enamel is soft, brushing your teeth can rub away a small layer of enamel. Over time this can make the teeth sensitive and more prone to cavities. Therefore it is important to rinse your mouth out with water and wait 15 minutes before brushing.
- Never Skip Your 6-Month Checkups
Your dentist could notice that you have GERD before you do, if they notice erosion or damage to your teeth caused by stomach acid. Regular visits to the dentist are essential to make sure that your acid reflux is under control, and that you are taking the proper steps to minimize damage to the enamel of your teeth.
Follow These Tips – Maintain A Healthy Mouth!
With these 4 simple tips, you can keep your mouth healthy, and ensure that any damage from acid reflux is minimized. So don’t wait – start following this guide today, and safeguard your oral health. If you are concerned acid reflux might be affecting your teeth, call our office at 415-492-1616 to schedule an appointment with Dr Kantor today.
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