Locations Call Contact
07 378 8112


The Link Between Acid Reflux and Dental Erosion

Have you ever experienced the discomfort of acid reflux? According to a recent article published by Doctors at Waitemata Edoscopy New Zealand - reflux is a common disease affecting up to 20% of the overall population. Whether it is triggered by a pungent meal, a late night takeout, or stress, this unsettling sensation arises when stomach acid builds up and pushes up into the esophagus, causing chest pains.

Acid will often cause the symptoms of heartburn, but not always, which makes it difficult to detect. Sometimes the very first indication of silent reflux can be the erosion of the enamel on your molars or on the backside of your teeth, as stomach acid eats away at the enamel.

Remember, enamel is the strongest substance in your body; it is a hard outer layer that protects the teeth from extreme temperatures, acids, and chemicals. But as the recurrent acid wears down the enamel it will start to erode, causing your teeth to become discoloured and sensitive to hot, cold, and sweet foods and beverages.

Having an understanding of acid reflux and the effects it has on your oral health are vital in order to prevent the long term bothers such as irritation of the gums, inflammation that causes pain, bleeding and bad breath.Now it may seem odd that reflux can cause damage through dental erosion, especially if you don’t feel the heartburn but the good news is that it is easily detected and it can be treated.

Good oral health has profound impacts in aiding and promoting overall wellbeing.

While reflux can negatively impact on your lifestyle in more ways than one, many people find relief by identifying and avoiding the foods and triggers that bring on their heartburn. This practice, coupled with the treatment of past dental symptoms allows for them to regain and maintain better oral health, for a better life.

Ultimately, when our oral hygiene is properly maintained it makes it easy to fully enjoy that first sip of hot coffee in the morning, to be able to bite down into a crispy apple a day, and to most especially feel at complete ease without pain or tooth sensitivity. With care and maintenance your oral hygiene should give you the confidence to be able to smile fully as you tuck into a delectable dessert on date night, no flinching, no wincing – just enjoyment!

It is advised to treat your teeth to a professional cleaning every six months and undergo a full checkup on the wear of your enamel. In many cases damaged enamel can be restored, depending on the extent of the damage.
It is also advisable to brush and floss as directed daily. You may even want to include small daily practices like sipping and swishing water or chewing sugar free gum after a meal to promote saliva production and ease away the acids.

We know that your overall wellbeing is impacted by your oral hygiene. If you have concerns regarding acid and dental erosion please speak to one of our dental professionals. Your peace of mind is our priority.

Get directions to the Dentists Taupo

Get Directions