The US Department of Health and Human Services estimates that more than 7 million people suffer from acid reflux. Acid reflux, or gastroesophogeal reflux disease (GERD), occurs when the muscles of the stomach weaken and allow stomach acid to flow back into the esophogus. This can cause burning sensations and pain in the chest, neck, and throat with a lingering burning taste in the mouth. If this condition is left untreated, it can lead to serious complications with tooth erosion, not to mention prolonged discomfort with heart burn and digestion problems.
Teeth are protected by a thin layer of hard enamel, which serves as the natural protection for your teeth. Even though your tooth enamel is the second hardest naturally occurring substance in the world, it is very susceptible to acid and can erode over time. When tooth enamel wears and degenerates, it exposes the sensitive inner dentin layer, leaving teeth more vulnerable to complications.
Most people are unaware of the advanced stages of destruction until they experience pain, sensitivity or physical symptoms in their smiles.
If you have been diagnosed by a physician, or suspect that you have acid reflux, please call Dr. Corbet Locke at 254-776-4888, a family dentist in Waco, Texas, for a dental exam. During your visit, Dr. Locke can assess the damage to your teeth, recommend treatments, and make suggestions that can aid against acid reflux.