GERD can certainly do a number on your teeth . If it is left uncontrolled the acid can cause a lot of damage to the enamel on your teeth as well as your esophagus. This could potentially lead to cavities or other dental issues.
The role GERD can play in oral health is pretty common knowledge. Having GERD myself, I knew that it was doing some damage to my own teeth while it was out of control. What I hadn't realized was that the GERD pain was also triggering me to clench and grind my teeth. A double whammy in the tooth damaging department. It was getting so bad that I actually broke a tooth last week!
If you have GERD and also grind your teeth there are things you can do to protect your teeth. First, get your GERD treated. There are different medications on the market but most times an acid reducer or blocker can help to alleviate some of the symptoms. Make sure your dentist knows you have GERD so that he or she can check for acid damage at your appointment.
What is Heartburn?
When someone experiences heartburn, he or she usually experiences it as a burning sensation in the chest or in the upper abdomen. The pain is a common complaint of many and affects approximately 7 to 10 percent of the U.S. population every day (Kern et al., 2004). Heartburn is usually associated with regurgitation of gastric acid from the stomach and is usually a chief complaint of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
Unfortunately, the simplicity of the definition stops there. Because while everyone has regurgitation of gastric acid from the stomach, not everyone has heartburn — and not everyone who does have heartburn has acid reflux disease.
The difference between heartburn and GERD is that GERD is a condition that develops when the reflux of stomach contents causes troublesome symptoms and/or complications (Vakil et al., 2006). What muddies the waters even more, is that less than half of the naturally occurring reflux events is repo...
Generic Name: CIMETIDINE - ORAL Pronounced: (sye-MET-uh-deen) Heartburn Oral Uses
Ranitidine is used to treat ulcers of the stomach and
intestines and prevent them from returning after treatment. This medication is
also used to treat and prevent certain stomach and throat (esophagus) problems
caused by too much stomach acid (e.g., Zollinger-Ellison syndrome, erosive
esophagitis) or a backward flow of stomach acid into the esophagus
(gastroesophageal reflux disease-GERD).
Ranitidine is known as an H2 histamine blocker. It works
by reducing the amount of acid in your stomach. This helps heal and prevent
ulcers and improves symptoms such as heartburn and stomach
This medication is also available without a prescription.
It is used to prevent and treat heartburn and other symptoms caused by too much
acid in the stomach (acid indigestion). If you are taking this medication for
self-treatment, it is important to read the manufact...
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