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The Effects Of Acid Reflux On Oral Health


Posted on 7/10/2023 by Dr. Cheryl Freeman
The Effects Of Acid Reflux On Oral HealthMillions of people experience acid reflux, which is widespread globally. The illness develops when food fragments and stomach acid travel back into the esophagus, irritating and inflaming it. While acid reflux mostly affects the digestive system, it can also seriously harm oral health. Continue reading to learn the effects of acid reflux on oral health:

Tooth Erosion


Tooth erosion is one of the effects of acid reflux on dental health. The teeth's enamel may erode by stomach acid that enters the mouth, leaving the teeth more susceptible to decay and sensitivity. Acid erosion can cause serious harm to the teeth over time, including enamel weakening, chipping, and discoloration.

Eating and drinking can become uncomfortable due to tooth erosion because the teeth can become more sensitive to hot and cold conditions. The best solution is to talk to the dentist to get the right medication.

Dry Mouth


A dry mouth is another effect of acid reflux on oral health. The salivary glands are inflamed and irritated from stomach acid, which will reduce saliva production. Saliva assists in washing away food residue, neutralizing mouth acids, and preventing bacterial growth. Saliva is crucial for maintaining good oral health.

If insufficient saliva is present, the mouth might become dry and more vulnerable to cavities, gum disease, and poor breath. The dentist will offer the proper solution for dry mouth. Also, drink more water to be hydrated.

Bad Breath


Acid reflux can result in bad breath, also known as halitosis. Even after brushing and flossing, stomach acid that enters the mouth might leave behind an offensive smell. In addition to acid burns, dry mouth can promote odor-producing bacteria in the mouth.

When acid reflux causes severe foul breath, it can sometimes harm a person's social interactions and self-esteem. Visit our dentist to learn more information on acid reflux in oral health.


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