If you suffer from acid reflux, which is also commonly known as gastroesophageal reflux disease or acid reflux disease, you probably understand that there are a few steps you can take. GERD can actually push acids from your stomach into your esophagus. These acids can move into your mouth and cause problems such as heartburn. This disease might be caused by several medical issues, including smoking, your diet, and even medications. If you’re concerned about GERD, we recommend contacting your doctor for personalized advice. You should also know that GERD might influence the health of your teeth and gums.
Sadly, the powerful acids from your stomach will ultimately weaken your enamel, which is known as the protective layer of your pearly whites. If your enamel has weakened, you’ll be more susceptible to tooth decay. Acid reflux could also dry out your mouth, which helps harmful bacteria grow.
Fortunately, if your pearly whites are damaged by GERD, we can give you a number of options. For instance, we may recommend dental bonding, which can be used to correct dental issues like chips and cracks in your teeth. We could also suggest veneers, which are extremely thin shells that are fused to your pearly whites. Veneers are designed to blend with your smile and to cover imperfections.
However, we suggest visiting your doctor about your acid reflux before you visit us. If you would like to learn more about how our dental team can help you cope with the effects of acid reflux in Ann Arbor, Michigan, please feel free to contact Kimberlee J. Karey, DDS at 734.668.6612. Our dentist, Dr. Kimberlee J. Karey, and our team are excited to meet with you!