Acid reflux, also referred to as GERD, affects approximately 33% of adults in the US. GERD is a common medical concern that may cause irreversible effects on your oral health. Understanding the oral-body connection can help you understand how acid reflux can cause damage to your mouth. Nashua dentists Dr. Tara Levesque-Vogel and Dr. Keith Levesque believe that through education and preventative dental care you can help reduce your chances of developing complex dental concerns caused by GERD.
Medications, genetics and certain lifestyle habits may increase your risk of developing Acid Reflux. Acid reflux is the result of stomach acids being forced up into the esophagus. The acids in your stomach are useful in breaking down food and bacteria, but when displaced, can cause irritation and inflammation of the lining of the esophagus. These acids can enter the mouth and coat teeth and gums. Overtime the acid will begin to break down tooth enamel and irritate the gums. Prolonged GERD can also lead to a condition known as dry mouth. Dry mouth is linked to increased development of cavities in adult patients. Tooth decay, cavities, and even tooth loss are possible if GERD goes untreated.
Know The Signs of GERD Nashua, NH
Levesque Dentistry wants you to know the signs of GERD. Being aware of what is happening to you can help you receive an early diagnosis. Tooth erosion is irreversible, but if caught early, Dr. Levesque-Vogel or Dr. Levesque can help protect the teeth and gums from further damage.
If you are suffering from any number of these conditions, be sure to tell your Levesque Family dentist. If you are overweight or a smoker, you be at a higher risk for GERD.
- Tooth Decay
- Excessive Belching
- Frequent Heartburn
- Habitual bad breath
- Daily Nausea
- Difficulty Swallowing
- Regularly Regurgitating Food
- Choking Episodes
At the heart of our Nashua dental practice is our patients. Our dental care team is focused on early detection for conservative treatment and comprehensive dental care. Dentists Dr. Levesque-Vogel and Dr. Levesque take the time to consult with each patient as an individual and aim to improve their overall well being and health.