Tupelo, MS - Dr. John Kenney "Your Dental Health" Acid Reflux

If you suffer from acid reflux, you may experience reflux-induced erosion. This is a type of tooth erosion that occurs due to the acid coming up from your stomach and attacking your teeth. This is similar to acid erosion caused by sucking on limes or lemons on a regular basis.In order to remove the acid or its effects, many people make the mistake of brushing their teeth immediately after an acid attack. This is usually a mistake because your teeth may be extremely sensitive. It's best to rinse your mouth with water and wait for an hour before brushing. When you do brush, use a soft toothbrush and gently, yet thoroughly, brush your teeth. We suggest NOT USING toothpaste as it may be too abrasive for your damaged teeth. Instead, use a non-alcohol mouthwash that has fluoride.Make sure you see your dentist every quarter for cleanings, and early treatment for this problem. It'll help you avoid tooth sensitivity or tooth loss due to reflux-induced erosion.