Acid reflux is something that causes a complication or abnormality within the stomach due to certain conditions. Experiencing acid reflux, or stomach acid is when acid produced within the stomach moves up into the esophagus. This can cause heartburn, bleeding and even cancer. But did you know that acid reflux can also impact your oral health?
The acid build-up from the stomach can build-up towards your teeth. At this point, your enamel is in serious danger of becoming exposed to harmful bacteria and acids that will damage your smile and require dental emergency treatment. Your enamel, the outer protective layer on the front surface of a tooth, protects your teeth from dangerous chemicals and acids. It is the hardest substance in the body, and whilst the enamel becoming weak is very common, it cannot be repaired.
When your enamel is exposed, it leaves your teeth vulnerable to cavities and tooth decay. You will begin to notice this when your mouth becomes sensitive to hot and cold foods, and your teeth begin to form holes, formally known as a cavity.
Did you also know that your oral routine and the food and drink you consume play a vital role in the health of your teeth and to protect from acid reflux?
Below are some helpful tips that you need to adopt to prevent an acid reflux:
Regular Check Up Appointments
It is always recommended that patients visit the dentist at least every six months for a check-up and clean. The dentist can notice any symptoms of acid reflux or harmful bacteria build-up, something which is difficult to identify at home. Plus, the added bonus is your mouth stays clean and so do your teeth. Learn here how to produce good bacteria.
Change Your Diet
Your diet should never be estimated. The food and drink you consume has a direct impact on the health of your teeth. Cut back on sugar and acidic drinks such as sodas, wine and coffee. Replace them with fluoride water or even black coffee and tea without the need for sugar. Consume more calcium-rich foods because calcium is an important property that keeps your enamel strong.
Brush With Fluoride
Acid has a direct connection with cavity and tooth decay. Fluoride contains essential properties that protects your teeth from this. Consult your dentist for the best fluoride toothpaste for your teeth. Alongside this, acid build-up due to poor oral hygiene is also a culprit. Read here to learn more.
Drink Water Regularly
Another key benefit of drinking water regularly is high production of saliva. Saliva protects your mouth from harmful bacteria and acid build-up and keeping your salivary glands moist will help achieve this.
Control Acid Reflux
Alongside a strong oral routine, you want to make sure that the acid reflux does not build-up towards your teeth. The dentist is likely to recommend you maintain a healthy weight, avoid acidic foods, eat healthier meals and consume water instead of sodas and alcohol. These steps are form part of a healthy and balanced lifestyle.
Acid reflux can occur if there are certain health conditions that are difficult to manage. Although, you can play your part in reducing its impact by protecting your oral health. Following the above tips will go along way in keeping your mouth clean and alkaline from acid reflux.
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