Can Persistent acid reflux affect your teeth?
Yes, acid reflux can be very damaging to your teeth. Acid reflux occurs when the valve at the top of the stomach allows digestive acid to leak out into the esophagus and into the mouth. If acid reflux is persistent it can cause pitting on the biting surface of the teeth, most often the lower molars because they are closest to the esophageal opening. This pitting causes loss of tooth structure and can lead to cavities.
Symptoms of acid reflux can include: heartburn, dry mouth, chronic bad breath, chronic sore throat, a chronic bad taste, or a persistent cough not associated with a cold. Up to 25% of people with acid reflux do not have any symptoms. Therefore, if your dentist notices signs of acid reflux he/she should ask you if you have been evaluated by your physician.
If you have any more questions about acid reflux and your teeth make sure and ask your dentist!