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If your kids are using too much toothpaste, it could be ruining their oral health. While acidic and alkaline foods each offer different qualities, both types of foods are good for you in moderation.
A baking soda solution is alkaline, while lemon juice is acidic. This article discusses some of the potential health benefits of consuming baking soda and lemon juice mixtures.
This is also good practice if you find it difficult to cut out all acidic foods. Rinse your mouth out after that morning coffee and keep your enamel strong. Avoid acidic food and drink.
It’s true that mint makes reflux worse, but it doesn’t increase stomach acid, it causes the esophageal sphincter to relax which allows acid to sneak up. The sphincter responds to acid levels, so LOW acid is actually the problem rather than high acid.
Saliva helps prevent tooth decay by washing away bacteria and leftover food in your mouth. It also brings acids to an acceptable level. Have you tried a non-mint toothpaste? Mint can cause acid reflux, so that might be your problem. A pacifier may help with the fussiness associated with acid reflux but it can lead to problems with tooth alignment later on.
What are some signs of tooth erosion?
You may have put some thought into the impact that high acidic foods may have on your acid reflux or other gastrointestinal health concerns, but did you ever think about the effect that high-acidic foods can have on your teeth? High-acidic foods are a known cause of sensitive teeth.
Stomach acid, which is strong enough to break down food, can cause similar harm to enamel if it causes higher than normal acidity in the mouth. GERD usually occurs when a ring of muscles at the top of the stomach weaken, allowing stomach acid to enter the esophagus. This resulting acid reflux can make life unpleasant and pose potential health dangers-over time it can damage the lining of the esophagus and cause ulcers and pre-cancerous cells. It can also erode tooth enamel if acid enters the mouth and raises its level of acidity.
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) is the chronic, more severe form of acid reflux that requires treatment to avoid additional health complications. Children and adults that have frequent heartburn two or more times per week and suffer from other related symptoms may be diagnosed with GERD. These and other tips can help minimize the effects of GERD on your dental health.
Mint products are known to cause a more relaxed state in the esophageal sphincter. When that muscle relaxes, it may allow acid or bile to seep up the esophagus, triggering other GERD symptoms. Donâ€™t hesitate to educate your patient regarding toothpaste choices that could trigger this reaction. Be proactive.
Unfortunately, GERD can also roar along a very sneaky, destructive path into the oral cavity as well. Erosion of tooth enamel which leads to increased wear and decay.
Stomach acid. Vomiting and reflux also can cause serious tooth damage when stomach acid comes into contact with your teeth. If you suffer from an eating disorder, acid reflux or a related condition, seek professional help.
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I recently became painfully aware of the ramifications of acid reflux and GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) on the oral cavity. Acid reflux is when stomach acid gets pushed up into the esophagus, which is the tube that carries food and drink from the mouth to the stomach. It is important to note that not every person suffering from GERD symptoms will present with enamel loss, but I encourage dental professionals to join me in evaluating this condition differently (see sidebar for additional information).
Decay that starts at the top of a tooth usually has to be probed and explored with a sharp instrument to see if the hole or decay has gone through the enamel into the tooth itself. If it has advanced from the top surface, then sometimes the X-ray will show the decay. Often, decay on a root or in between teeth is obvious on an X-ray. If decay is on the side of the tooth – the outer or inner (tongue) side – then it may not show up on the X-ray as well.
Itâ€™s never pretty, and my stomach sinks while viewing damaged posterior occlusal surfaces. I would imagine every dental care provider has also observed this described oral condition countless times in their careers. You may even subconsciously begin looking for patterns of bruxism, evaluate for TMJ distress, assess oral malocclusion, or scour tissue for gingival abfractions. The observation of tooth erosion by a dentist may be the first indication of the possibility of acid reflux. Eske, Jamie.
Chronic acid reflux, known to doctors as gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, occurs when stomach acid leaks up into the esophagus, usually causing heartburn, regurgitation, and nausea. This acid is so strong that, when it reaches the mouth, it can eat away at the enamel of your teeth, causing irreparable damage in a manner of months.