Can Acid Reflux Cause Dental Erosion?

My teeth started to feel weird – like the enamel on them was wearing out. The smooth feeling I normally felt when my tongue pressed against the inside of my bottom teeth felt rough, and my tongue began to hurt from constantly rubbing against them. I was afraid to bite down on anything hard for fear they might break. And then one day a tooth did break.

The dentist suggested I get veneers but I couldn’t afford any kind of cosmetic cover-up, so I had to find other solutions to help me take better care of my teeth.

My teeth were also very sensitive – especially when eating or drinking cold things. The dentist repaired the tooth then suggested I use a sensitivity toothpaste with fluoride. After about a week of using it, the sensitivity disappeared but my teeth still felt very vulnerable and rough.

If you’re an Acid Reflux sufferer like I used to be, the following is information you absolutely need to know that will help you safeguard and protect your teeth from further dental erosion:

The Cause:

  • Dental erosion occurs when acid destroys your teeth. The minerals needed to keep teeth healthy are removed. This can be caused by an array of acidic elements found in foods, beverages, alcohol, drugs, medications – even the air. People who who work with acidic chemicals are especially vulnerable.
  • Any acid that is either consumed, inhaled, regurgitated or placed in your mouth can cause dental erosion, which then leads to decay and other dental problems.
  • Acid Reflux or Gerd is a major contributor to dental erosion. It not only erodes your esophagus, but it can also erode your teeth. This occurs when stomach acid makes contact with your teeth, especially when you’re sleeping.
  • Chew able acidic medications and vitamins such as asprin and Vitamin C also add to dental erosion.

What to do:

  • Give your teeth a break between eating acidic foods to allow them to re-mineralize.
  • If your teeth are sensitive, use a sensitivity toothpaste with fluoride. There are many kinds out there and they really help. It only takes about a week for you to really notice the difference.
  • When drinking acidic drinks, use a straw. It helps keep the acid away from your teeth.
  • Rinse your mouth out after eating or drinking acidic foods and beverages. If your mouth is especially acidic, drink milk which helps neutralize the stomach acids. Antacids work too.
  • Use a softer tooth brush, and toothpaste with no abrasives in it.
  • Opt for medications or vitamins you just swallow, rather than chew.
  • If you have a habit of grinding your teeth – quit, or get help so you can.
  • Chew gum to increase your salivary flow which breaks down the acid in your mouth.
  • Use good dental hygiene. Brush after every meal and especially after eating or drinking acidic foods.