What is Acid Reflux?
Acid Reflux, also known as gastroesophageal reflux disease, is a somewhat common condition where the acid from the stomach is able to leak up into your esophagus. For some people, there are symptoms such as heart burn or regurgitation. For others, it can be symptom free and go completely unnoticed. If left untreated acid reflux can erode away the tooth.
How Does Acid Reflux Affect Your Dental Health
Patients with acid reflux are at greater risk of tooth erosion and periodontal problems. The enamel of the teeth begins dissolving at a pH of 5.5, and the pH of stomach acid is 2 or less. Day after day this exposure to the acid begins to thin and dissolve away the protective coating of the teeth, leaving them noticeably weakened. When the enamel wears away, the sensitive inner dentin layer of the tooth is exposed, and this can lead to additional, serious complications with the health of your teeth and mouth. Often your dentist or hygienists will be the first to notice these changes. It is important to note that just because a person does not feel the burning symptoms does not mean they do not have acid reflux.