We experience heartburn when acid escapes from our stomachs. It travels up through the esophagus and into our mouths, putting both our teeth and health at risk.
Common symptoms include a burning sensation after you eat or at night, chest pain, chronic cough or sore throat, difficulty swallowing, or feeling like you have a lump in your throat.
The two major oral health concerns 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: The acid traveling through your throat damages tissue, which can lead to cancer. Oral and esophageal cancers are some of the most dangerous, making prevention even more important.
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.