After eating spicy foods, onions, citrus or drinking coffee many people experience the uncomfortable burning sensation of heartburn and acid reflux. Most people can manage heartburn and occasional bouts of acid reflex with simple diet changes or antacids. Persistent acid reflux attacks are more serious causing gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
Acid reflux is not only damaging to your exophages but also wears away the enamel on your teeth. Which in turn, causes tooth sensitivity, and can eventually lead to periodontal disease.
Although acid reflux leaves a bad taste in your mouth, do not brush your teeth for at least an hour. Brushing when stomach acid is present can soften the enamel and cause damage from your toothbrush. Instead, rinse your mouth with water. Try chewing sugar-free gum to freshen your mouth and enhance saliva production to reduce the acid.
If you have acid reflux, be sure to mention it to your dental team.