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Your teeth and acid reflux

You may know that flossing and brushing should be extremely important parts of taking care of your teeth. You may also understand that you scheduling regular appointments with us is an important step. While this may help you keep your teeth clean and healthy, other issues impact your teeth and gums. For example, did you know that acid reflux could actually damage your pearly whites?

As you may already know, acid reflux can make acids from your stomach move up through your throat and into your mouth. Unfortunately, this can actually impact the outermost layer of your pearly whites, commonly known as enamel. This is because the acids in your stomach could eventually damage your pearly whites. If your enamel does wear down, you’ll be more susceptible to cavities, which can lead to a number of other problems if not treated.

If you are currently suffering from acid reflux, we recommend scheduling an appointment with your doctor. However, please know that there are a few things you can try to keep your enamel strong from home. For example, you might want to consider staying away from acidic foods since they’ll also break down your enamel. Sugary foods and drinks may actually damage your enamel. Generally, you should also floss and brush your teeth, but we recommend waiting at least half an hour after you eat. If you don’t wait, you could accidentally damage your teeth. Rinsing your pearly whites with water may also be useful after eating sugar or acidic foods.

Do you have more concerns about dealing with acid reflux in Shokan, New York? Would you like to schedule an appointment with our dentist, Dr. Victor Zeines? If so, please give Woodstock & Manhattan Institute for Holistic Dentistry a call at 845-657-2322. We look forward to hearing from you.

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