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Nationally Recognized Dentist Dr. Sherri Worth Calls Attention To Acid Reflux

July 10, 2011

Everyone is so busy and stressed out. Our diets have become much more acidic and we can often have dry mouth from the medications that we take. These are all things that contribute to acid reflux. Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway has even done a commercial for acid reflux.

Do you have acid reflux? If so, did you know that acid reflux can damage your teeth? Many people are unaware of the impact until someone informed of their reflux and bad teeth. If you have reflux, ensure you tell your dentist so he or she can take appropriate action.

Dental enamel is attacked by the acid in the reflux. Dental erosion involves the loss of enamel by a chemical process that does not involve bacteria (such as occurs in typical teeth cavities). If you have reflux, rinse your mouth with water only. Don’t brush your teeth straight after a reflux attack as the tooth brushing combined with the acid from the reflux increases enamel erosion! You should add fluoride rinses and possible fluoride tray applications to your home care routine.

Dr. Sherri Worth of Newport Beach, California was interviewed and said some medications including antidepressants and aspirin, when taken regularly, have erosive potential. Some underlying medical conditions such as acid reflux disease or disorders associated with chronic vomiting, including bulimia, also can cause dental erosion because of the gastric acids that are regurgitated into the mouth.

“It is important for dental practitioners to identify dental erosion and its causes before it is too late,” Dr. Sherri Worth, Cosmetic and reconstructive dentist, said. “Because dental erosion from reflux creates a smooth and shiny appearance to the enamel and causes no pain or sensitivity until it gets further eroded, most patients are not aware that they are suffering from the condition until the problem becomes severe. Therefore, the responsibility of early detection and treatment falls on the professionals.”

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