'Gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, is a digestive disorder that affects the lower esophageal sphincter (LES), the ring of muscle between the esophagus and stomach. Many people, including pregnant women, suffer from heartburn or acid indigestion caused by GERD

Experience wear and tear of enamel because of acid reflux?

Did anyone experience wear and tear of enamel because of acid reflux? Will remineralization treatments help?

enamel caused reflux

COMMENTS:

Jessica Lefebvre
I have my enamel is getting pretty worn down.

Sudheera Reddy
Did you ask your dentist about remineralization or any other options?

Jessica Lefebvre
I haven't yet no. I have thought about asking about some treatments that could help.

Sudheera Reddy
Jessica Lefebvre My reflux is way better now, but I guess over years the damage has already been done. Edges of my teeth are so translucent 😫😫.

Jessica Lefebvre
My teeth are like that too. :( My gerd isn't under control yet. I'm trying though.

Zoe Williams
My enamel has completely worn away, I just had a nasty extraction a couple of days ago because the tooth had become infected and I had an abcess. My ear on the same side had been pulsing pretty bad a few weeks before then the abcess spread near the ear to the back of my jaw.
Now I have no molars left on my lower jaw apart from a wisdom tooth that is pretty badly decaying.
I can't control my GERD very well and have had it for 38 years since I was born. All my front teeth are very thin where the enamel has worn away, this is the worst thing that is happening to my body from GERD.
I asked about dentures and pulling my remaining teeth but all dentists I've spoken to in the last couple of years are not keen on doing this and tell me I'm better off trying to save my remaining teeth, I'm not so sure as they are breaking down too rapidly. I think I'm better off extracting my remaining natural teeth.

Krista GP Eckland
I deal with some erosion of the enamel. It's damaged my gums the most. I have to take extra good care of my teeth and gums and see my dentist 3-4 times a year. He monitors it

Sudheera Reddy Krista
did your dentist recommend any specific treatment?

Lester Diaz Martinez
Treatment depends on the extent of the acid erosion on your teeth. If I see only minimal amount of enamel demineralization related to GERD, I tell my patients that we need to monitor the teeth and focus on treating the disease (GERD). But when the loss of enamel is great, causing teeth sensitivity, esthetic concerns to the patient and in most extreme cases loss of vertical dimension then I would fill with composite restorations and in rare occasion; crowns. To answer your question, in my expert opinion, it would be a waste if you don’t address the main culprit which is GERD. Hope this helps. Cheers.

Sudheera Reddy
Lester Diaz Thank you for your comment. my GERD is about 80% better and I'm focusing on improving it still

Sudheera Reddy
Is there any danger of teeth just crumbling and falling apart, like how they describe on the net?

My Acid Reflux Coach
In the meantime, here are some things you can do to protect your teeth now: 1.) Reduce soda, fruit juices, and sugary foods. 2.) wear a retainer/mouth guard at night to reduce teeth grinding. 3.) raise the head of your bed 6 inches and finish your last meal earlier in the day to reduce nighttime reflux. 4.) chew on sugarless gum or suck on sugarless candy between meals (note although it may make sense to suck on a tum or another antacid, there evidence to suggest antacids consumption leads to tooth decay)

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