By John Hackbarth , DDS
You may be wondering why a dentist is writing about acid reflux. The reason is that the acids in reflux disease are bad for your teeth.
Dental decay is caused by bacteria that create acids as part of their metabolism and these acids leach the minerals out of your teeth creating cavities that the bacteria can invade.
Stomach acid from reflux will leach the minerals out of your teeth and give bacteria a space to invade you teeth.
The more times you have reflux the worse this problem can become.
Not only can you have decay, but you can have general erosion of the enamel on your teeth.
If you are having erosion or decay that is the result of acid reflux, you will need to see your dentist more often. There are answers that can help you minimize the damage caused by reflux disease. Some of these may include extra topical fluoride treatment, Medications to aid in remineralization, Ozone treatments, etc.