Acid Reflux

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Acid reflux can create a feeling of burning in your throat and also wreak havoc on teeth. Long term Acid reflux is a potential killer.  In Barrett’s esophagus, normal esophageal cells are replaced with abnormal cells. Barrett’s esophagus is thought to be caused by long-standing gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), which causes stomach contents to back up into the esophagus.  Barrett’s esophagus .   People with Barrett’s esophagus may develop a rare cancer called esophageal adenocarcinoma. With that being said, if the acid contents are affecting the lining of your throat, imagine what it’s doing to your teeth.

Today, I had female in her late 20’s, a new patient consultation regarding a particular troublesome tooth. I couldn’t help noticing she was squirming in the chair as I was gently striking all of her teeth, as routinely done thru all  initial exams. My immediate question to her  was whether  she was actually “feeling” pain or was it “the sound” of the instrument gliding on her teeth. She stated the former. My next question was whether she’s always experienced this “feeling of pain and sesation of the cold metal” , and she stated, “yes, forever”. Immediately, I gathered that she was super sensitive due to the poor quality of enamel and dentin present. Odd, I thought considering her age…. The next question was critical. I asked… “do you have acid reflux?’. In turn her response only when I’m pregnant. Next question. “Okay,  how many kids do you have?” Her response THREE.

I do remember my wife was pregnant twice>Let me do the math. That’s 9 times 2 =18 months of being  subjected to an everyday bombardment of biomechanical and (hormonal) stress. Fortunately not too much nausea for Liza, my wife.

This poor patient, on the other hand,  suffered atleast 27 months of having her teeth subjected to a Hydrochloric Acid  bath (Stomach Acid).

My immediate concern was to direct attention to the caustic esophageal reflux disease and obvious urgency to getting that under control with her MD. Secondarily, I wanted to  fortify the current poor enamel and tooth surfaces with Fluoride. The fluoride treatment will be directed via two modes; paste and rinse. ACT, the rinse and my preferred for night time and Prevident prescription based toothpaste used daily in substitute of ordinary toothpaste. The fluoride works at two levels. One, it reconstitutes the enamel in such a way to make the enamel “more dense” at a microscopic level. The denser, the more resistent and impregnable to the acid bath. Also, Fluoride acts at the bacterial metabolic level. It actually binds to the bacterial’  “poop”. Yes,, poop. I wrote that. That is what causes tooth decay….. The fluoride binds to the poop and essentially neutralizes its deleterious effect, ie, cavity formation. Also, the fluoride will seal exposed microscopic tubules in any exposed roots from the outside world, essentially sealing annoying extra sensitive nerve fibers . Visualize “spackling” the receded exposed tooth surfaces with this industrial strenght “Sensodyne like” toothpaste. I do anticipate that her sensitivity will diminish over the next several weeks. I do admire what a mom endures and how much she will sacrifice for birth of a child.

So, if you have generalized cold sensitivity and you don’t excessively grind your teeth at night (this too can cause tooth sensitivity) and you were diagnosed “cavity free” by me or my staff,  you may want to consider enhancing your home care routine with the added benefit of a highly fluoride rinse . You can always come in to have me check it out and potentially rule that in or out.

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Robert Emilio,  with over his 24 years of experience continues to enjoy practicing on his friends and family Five days week ( and sometimes six days ). He enthusiastically seeks  additional training to advance his craft. He currently holds a Master in Implantology with the I.C.O.I. ( an internationally recognized professional establishment in Implant dentistry) and emphasizes Digital Dentistry. Services include pediatric dentistry, teeth whitening, dentures, porcelain veneers, tooth extractions, treating bruxism, and advanced full mouth dental implant reconstruction. He has on site state-of-art capabilities for same day crown delivery; prosthetic fabrication via CEREC. He also provides gentle care via routine general dentistry  including root canal therapy, and always in a cosmetic artistic approach. He employs both Guided and Non-Guided Implant  surgery techniques. In addition on site, he utilizes a CBCT to aid in diagnostic radiography.

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