Reflux disease can give you heartburn, but it can also have an impact on your smile. A lot of people don’t realize that managing their acid reflux isn’t just about being free of discomfort; it also prevents severe damage to your esophagus as well as your teeth. Enamel damage caused by acid is irreversible, and can make teeth weak, thin, and appear discolored. Enamel is the hardest material in your entire body, so the effects of acid reflux are something that shouldn’t be ignored.
Even small amounts of acid exposure can begin to etch and erode away enamel. Long-term exposures to acid create large portions of enamel that won’t come back. One of the first areas that acid erosion is evident is on the cusp tips of the molars. Shallow divots on the cusps will begin forming. Over the course of time, teeth can become sensitive as well. Patients may not even be aware that they have acid reflux, because they aren’t suffering from regular heartburn. However, untreated reflux disease is nothing that you should ignore!
Professional fluoride treatment can help restore important minerals inside of enamel, strengthening it and helping it repel acid erosion. Daily fluoride treatments are also important, as teeth are more prone to decay, breakage, and sensitivity. Regular dental check-ups will also ensure that your dentist can identify areas of concern before they become too significant. Waiting until a tooth is visibly damaged before you see a dentist is too late.
Always let your dental team know about any changes or updates in your health history. Health conditions and medications affect your smile in more ways than you might have thought. Your dentist will provide preventive therapies that keep you smiling and cavity free!
Posted of the behalf of Justin Scott
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