Did you know brushing and flossing are extremely important parts of caring for your oral health? Similarly, had you heard that you should schedule regular checkups with our team? While doing these things will help you keep your teeth strong, other issues can also impact your teeth and gums. For instance, would you be surprised to hear that a condition known as acid reflux could actually damage your teeth?
As you may already understand, acid reflux can make acids from your stomach enter your mouth. Sadly, this can actually affect the outer layer of your teeth, commonly referred to as enamel, because the acids in your stomach can damage both your teeth and gums. If your enamel does break down, you’ll be more likely to have tooth decay, which can cause several other problems if left unaddressed.
If you find that you have acid reflex, we suggest setting an appointment with your doctor. However, there are other things you might do to keep your teeth healthy and strong. For example, you could consider avoiding acidic foods since they’ll eventually break down your teeth. Acidic and sugary foods and drinks might also hurt your enamel. Naturally, you should also try to brush and floss your pearly whites every day, but we also suggest waiting thirty minutes after you eat. If you don’t, you may accidentally harm your pearly whites and your gums. Rinsing your teeth with water could also be useful.
Would you like to learn more about coping with acid reflux in Houston, Texas? Are you hoping to set up a meeting with our dentist, Dr. Juan Echeverri? If so, please feel free to give Echeverri Dental Center a call at 713-956-8767. We look forward to hearing from you.