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Acid Reflux and Oral Health

October 4, 2013

In most cases, tooth decay—a common oral health issues—is caused by poor nutrition, but not always. Sometimes, the cause of decay is related to frequent indigestion.

Known as acid reflux disease, patients who experience heartburn several times a week may be vulnerable to decay as a result of stomach acid leaking from the stomach and to the esophagus. If this acid comes into contact with your smile’s protective enamel, it can become weakened, eventually exposing the sensitive layer of dentin underneath.

Besides heartburn, other symptoms of acid reflux disease include:

  • Regurgitation
  • Bloating or burping
  • Narrowing of the esophagus
  • Hiccups
  • Nausea
  • Black/bloody stools or bloody vomiting
  • Weight loss
  • Wheezing, hoarseness, sore throat, or dry cough

If you recognize these symptoms, or you’ve already been diagnosed with acid reflux disease, make regular appointments with Dr. Salivonchik and his Whitehall dental team a priority. During every visit, we’ll look for signs of tooth decay, plus gum disease and many other common conditions.

Signs that acid may have damaged your teeth include:

  • Sensitivity, especially to foods that are hot, cold, or sweet
  • Teeth that have thinned or shortened
  • Pain or irritation
  • Teeth with sharp edges

Are you worried about decay caused by acid reflux? Call Dr. Salivonchik’s dental office today to reserve an appointment. We serve patients from all around Lehigh Valley, including Whitehall, Allentown, Bethlehem, Easton, The Poconos, and beyond.

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