Stomach acid—with a pH that’s lower than vinegar—that regurgitates into the esophagus and mouth can dissolve tooth enamel and create erosive lesions near the back of the mouth. While many people with GERD recognize it by the uncomfortable heartburn symptoms, some patients only experience GERD while they sleep and may not know they have it. Some patients complain of not sleeping well but do not even realize they are suffering from GERD. Sometimes while doing your dental exam we see an increased loss of tooth enamel on your back teeth that is unexplained and we may advise you to check with your Doctor to be tested for GERD. Your Docor will prescribe a medication that will help inhibit the production of acid, which will in turn help with your GERD and help to save the enamel on your teeth. If you have concerns about GERD and the condition of your teeth ask us at your next visit.
Seems like school just ended for the summer, but the back to school bell will be ringing very soon- here are a few things you can do to help keep your kids’ teeth healthy for when they go back to school! • Plan healthy lunches. Things that are good for teeth include high-calcium dairy products such as milk or cheese; strawberries, which can actually help whiten teeth; high-fiber foods like spinach or beans; and for daily drinks, water. • Re-stock dental supplies. It’s never a bad time to check to make sure you’re all stocked up on dental supplies. It may even be worth it to leave a bit of floss in your kids’ lunches each day, so they can clean their teeth while they’re at school. • Set up a rewards program. If your kids have fallen into bad habits during summer, help refocus them by setting up a rewards program. For instance, brushing their teeth can be worth 15 minutes of video-game time and flossing can be another 15. (This can work well for parents, too, with a little self-discipline.) For now, enjoy the rest of the summer!