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The Harm Acid Reflux Can Do to Your Teeth

The powerful acids in the stomach can occasionally move up into the esophagus, causing a condition called acid reflux. This in turn can cause heartburn, a common issue that can hurt your teeth.

Key takeaways:

  • These acids in the esophagus can end up in the mouth where they may erode tooth enamel.
  • Loss of tooth enamel can lead to oral problems including gum disease and tooth decay.
  • You may need to make lifestyle changes, amend your diet to reduce acidic foods, or take medication — as well as quit smoking.

“Your dentist can perform an exam and identify any problems that may be happening in your mouth. The early stages of enamel erosion may not be so severe—such as the translucent appearance of your teeth or the minor tooth sensitivity—but eventually your symptoms will get worse.”

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