Acid reflux is caused by a variety of reasons and occurs when acidic stomach fluids back up into the throat and mouth, leaving a bitter taste and burning sensation. For some, this occurs daily and must be treated by a physician, lifestyle changes or may even require surgery.
Regardless of the cause, repeated exposure of the teeth to gastric acid can result in erosion of the enamel on tooth surfaces causing both tooth sensitivity, notches in the sides of the teeth, worn down teeth and even tooth yellowing.
During an oral examination, we can see the enamel erosion you may miss. Of course, we can repair the damage through restorative treatment options, however the best solution is prevention. If you have symptoms of acid reflux, please consult your family physician and notify us at your next visit so we can consider your dental options.