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GERD, Acid Reflux & Heartburn Can Be Dangerous for Your Teeth

Most of us have experienced a little heartburn at times. It happens when the acid in your stomach escapes into your esophagus and it can put both your teeth and health at risk.

Your Dr. might call it GERD, heartburn, or acid reflux and the symptoms may include a burning sensation, chest pain, chronic cough or sore throat, difficulty swallowing, or feeling like you have a lump in your throat.

The two main ways escaping stomach can impact your oral health are:

Tooth Erosion: The exposure to acid can eat away at your tooth enamel, impacting the appearance of your smile and putting your teeth at risk for cavities and other dental problems.

Esophageal Cancer: Acid damages tissue as it travels through your throat and this can lead to throat or mouth cancer, which are known to be dangerous and deadly.

If you have any symptoms of acid reflux or GERD, it is important to see your medical doctor for treatment and let your dentist know, as well.

When it comes to your teeth and health, there is no such thing as just a little heartburn.

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