July 23, 2013

GERD Dissolves Teeth

Acid regurgitation resulting from gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) causes tooth structure to dissolve.  GERD is a common condition affecting 10 to 20% of the population in Western countries.  A study by Pace showed a 24% prevalence of dental erosion as a manifestation of the disease. It is usually measured in areas of the teeth that do not contact, so the acid is the the known cause.  Now a study also measures the amount of tooth loss. In this new report (ADA Journal, March 2012), authors show that both front teeth and back teeth are affected and the amount of tooth wear is twice as high on surfaces where teeth touch when combined with acid reflux.  Normal tooth wear, with the addition of acid, can be rapid and devastating to your teeth.  If you have excessive or rapid loss of tooth structure, see your prosthodontist for advice and ask your physician about diagnosis and treatment of acid reflux.  

Source: JADA  

Robert G. Tupac, DDS, FACP, Inc., Diplomate, American Board of Prosthodontics (661) 325-1275 | www.drtupac.com 5060 California Ave., #170, Bakersfield, CA 93309

1 comment:

  1. Tooth erosion happens when acids wear away the enamel on teeth. Enamel erosion can be caused by the following:

    Excessive soft drink consumption (high levels of phosphoric and citric acids)
    Fruit drinks (some acids in fruit drinks are more erosive than battery acid)
    Dry mouth or low salivary flow (xerostomia)
    Diet (high in sugar and starches)
    Acid reflux disease (GERD)
    Gastrointestinal problems
    Medications (aspirin, antihistamines)
    Genetics (inherited conditions)
    Environmental factors (friction, wear and tear, stress, and corrosion).

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