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Trucksville Dentist Explains How Acid Reflux Can Cause Cavities

Do you often experience strong chest pains after eating? If so, you might have acid reflux disease. Many people think this condition only affects one’s eating habits, but it does more than that. Your Trucksville dentist, Dr. James DeFinnis, explains how acid reflux can affect your dental health as well.

What is Acid Reflux?

Acid reflux disease, also referred to as gastroesophageal reflux disease, occurs when stomach acid moves up the esophagus, causing chest pain and nausea. Some common causes include lying down after a big meal, eating spicy or fatty foods, and smoking.

How can it Cause Cavities?

Not only is acid reflux extremely uncomfortable, but it can also have damaging effects to oral health and can actually contribute to cavity formation. After the stomach acid travels up through the esophagus, it often makes its way into the mouth. The acid then erodes the tooth enamel, making those teeth more prone to decay. In addition, dry mouth is a side effect of acid reflux, which some patients attempt to cure by sucking on hard candies or throat lozenges. Many of these candies are high in sugar, though, and can thus contribute to further tooth decay.

Treating Acid Reflux

In some cases, acid reflux can be controlled with over-the-counter heartburn medicines and changes in diet or eating habits. However, severe acid reflux can be a serious issue that requires medical attention. Don’t ignore the symptoms, and see your doctor today if acid reflux has become a serious problem for you.

If acid reflux is affecting your oral health, visit us at Back Mountain Dental. To set up an appointment, call our office at (570) 763-4360. We take care of patients in Trucksville, Wilkes Barre, Scranton, and the neighboring communities.

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May 31, 2012 - Posted by | General Dentistry, Healthy Living | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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