Children with Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) are at
risk for developing dental problems. During a reflux episode, stomach acid may
enter the esophagus and mouth (also called backwashing) exposing the teeth to
stomach acid. Over time, the stomach
acid can wear out the outer layer of the tooth (called enamel), especially in
the back of the mouth and the inside surfaces near the tongue.
Dental Problems associated with GERD include:
Tooth Enamel Erosion: When the protective layer of enamel is
worn away, the teeth may be sensitive to foods and temperatures. Sensitivity
can make tooth brushing uncomfortable.
Cavities: The dentist may notice a pattern of cavities on
the back teeth (molars) and inside surfaces of the teeth in the back of the
Bad Breath: The backwashing of acid and stomach contents
into the mouth (also called regurgitation) may lead to bad breath.
My daughter had a new
cavity at each dental check up during the years when her reflux was at its
When is the best time to take my Aciphex?
Typically, the best time to take Aciphex and other proton pump inhibitors for gastroesophageal reflux disease are best taken in the morning. By doing so, acid suppression for 24 hours is commonly achieved. While most patients only need once a day therapy, some patients will need a second dose, usually before dinner. First generation proton pump inhibitors such as Prilosec, Prevacid and Nexium are best taken 30 minutes before breakfast. Aciphex and Protonix, can be taken with breakfast with similar effects on acid suppression. You should check with your doctor to see when the best time for you to take your Aciphex would be.
I have suffered from sinusitis for a long time. I also have been told by my dentist that my teeth are very bad, with lots of plaque. Can it be related to GERD?
While acid reflux typically causes heartburn, atypical manifestations are known to occur. Cough, asthma and hoarseness have been the most common ...
Copyright Pediatric Adolescent Gastroesophageal Reflux Assocation (www.reflux.org). This document is medically reviewed and used with permission. Question: Do children with acid reflux have more dental problems than other children? Answer: Yes, there is some evidence that children with pediatric acid reflux are more likely to experience several types of dental problems including: cavities, bad breath and enamel erosion. Children with acid reflux who experience frequent vomiting (daily, weekly) are especially at risk for tooth decay. Question: Why do children with acid reflux have more dental problems than other children? Answer: Acid Reflux can cause the teeth to be exposed to acid due to the abnormal backwashing of stomach contents into the esophagus and mouth. Stomach acid is very caustic and can quickly strip away the outer layer of enamel, especially on the inner surfaces of the teeth next to the tongue. Some children with acid reflux may experience the following pro...
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