Many people experience heartburn and don't think much of it. But heartburn can be a symptom of a much more serious condition called GERD effects on teeth. Dr Rosenblat Oakville Dentist "Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease". So what does that mean in plain English?
Well, when you eat a meal, the food goes down to your stomach ( ancient greek for stomach is "gastros") via a tube called the "esophagus". When the contents of the stomach go back up the esophagus toward the mouth, opposite from the direction things are supposed to go, it is referred to as Gastroesophageal Reflux and the condition is sometimes referred to as "reflux" or the acronym; "GERD".
There are many signs and symptoms of GERD such as: heartburn ( worsened when bent over or laying down at night), feeling nauseous after eating, hiccups, hoarseness of voice, difficulty swallowing, dry cough and burning sensation in the throat and sour taste in the mouth due to the acidic nature of the stomach contents coming back up. Various medical conditions and medications people take to control medical problems can contribute to GERD. The result of all this stomach acid coming up can be scarring and narrowing of the esophagus, ulceration and pain in the esophagus making eating painful and more seriously, these changes can lead to esophageal cancer.
Why am I, a dentist, writing about GERD? Well GERD can have definite effects in a persons mouth readily identified to a dentist. The very acidic nature of the stomach contents is very destructive to teeth. These stomach contents soften the teeth so they wear and breakdown quickly. Most people after having that heartburn sour taste in their mouth ( or throwing up for that matter) instinctively want to brush their teeth to rid themselves of that awful taste. But toothpaste is an abrasive used to clean teeth and so wear and destruction of teeth is accelerated if thge teeth are brushed soon after exposure to the stomach acids. (It's best to just rinse with water or baking soda in water to counter the acid). The tooth wear is usually gradual seen gradually and we dentists see a lot of it. Often itcan reach severe proportions.GERD patient restored with implants and crowns by Dr Rosenblat Oakville Dentist
I want to show you what GERD can do to teeth and what may be needed to repair the damage.
Fred came to my office one day and wanted his teeth repaired. Fred did tell me he had a history of GERD and had been treated for it and now that it had been resolved, he wanted to be able to chew and smile again. The lost teeth and the heavy wear on his front teeth was directly caused by his medical condition.
What I had to do for Fred was place dental implants to replace is back teeth and crown what was remaining of his front teeth.
If you have symptoms of GERD, see your medical doctor for treatment and don't forget to see your dentist too.
Dr. Steven Rosenblat
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