Acid Reflux and Your Oral Health

October 3, 2013

A touch of heartburn from time to time is inconvenient and uncomfortable but nothing to worry about. Experiencing heartburn several times a week, on the other hand, is. Not only can it make life uncomfortable, it’s a symptom of a condition known as acid reflex disease. Other symptoms of acid reflux disease include:

  • Nausea
  • Bloating or burping
  • Hiccups
  • Regurgitation
  • Black/bloody stools or bloody vomiting
  • Weight loss
  • Wheezing, hoarseness, sore throat, or dry cough

Of all the problems acid reflux disease can cause, though, you might be surprised to learn that it can also have an impact on your oral health. That’s because of how acid reflux works.

When a patient has acid reflux, a small amount of stomach acid ends up in the esophagus. If this acid comes into contact with your teeth, it can damage the protective layer of enamel on the outside. Signs that acid may have damaged your teeth include:

  • Pain or irritation
  • Teeth that have shortened or thinned
  • Teeth with short edges
  • Sensitivity to hot, cold, or sweet foods

You can make sure your teeth are protected with regular care at The Dentists at Orenco Station in Hillsboro. During every visit with Dr. Brandon Kearbey or Dr. Malinda Kearbey, we’ll look for changes in your oral health that might indicate the presence of decay or gum disease. If we find anything during your appointment, we can put together a treatment plan immediately.

Is it time for your next checkup with our Hillsboro dental team? Call us today for an appointment. The Dentists at Orenco Station serves patients from Hillsboro, Forest Grove, Beaverton, Cornelius, and Rock Creek.