While food should ideally be a pleasure, in some cases what you eat can make you feel really bad. That can be the case if you suffer from acid reflux (also known as gastroesophageal reflux) or GERD.
Acid reflux involves the stomach acid flowing backward into the esophagus, which is the tube that connects your throat to your stomach. When you have acid reflux, you may end up tasting food that you’ve regurgitated or sour liquid at the back of your mouth. You also may experience heartburn. GERD is a more severe form of reflux. Signs of GERD include frequent heartburn, regurgitation of food or sour liquid, coughing wheezing, difficulty swallowing and experiencing chest pain, especially when you’re in bed at night.
One option is to make different dietary choices. Foods that have been scientifically proven to trigger GERD are chocolate, deep-fried foods, coffee, alcohol, and mint (including anything that contains mint oil). Fried food tends to be the biggest culprit since they a...
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 ...
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