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Can Stomach Problems Affect My Teeth? Marietta, GA
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With advancements in dentistry and a growing emphasis on patient education, there is a greater awareness of the connection between oral and overall health. Thus, it’s no surprise that digestive health can also affect one’s dental health. MouthHealthy reports that frequent stomach upset can cause a gradual wearing away of tooth enamel through a process known as tooth erosion. While this changes the appearances of teeth, it also weakens them, and can accelerate the process of tooth decay. The main culprit here is Gastroesophageal Reflux, often called acid reflux or GERD.

While the stomach naturally produces acids that aid in the digestion of food, those suffering from acid reflux experience a burning sensation in their throat as acids from the stomach travel up the esophagus throughout the day. In many cases, the acids reach the back teeth. Continuous exposure to these acids is enough to wreak havoc on tooth enamel. What’s more is that when individuals take medications to combat acid reflux, a common side effect is dry mouth. In itself, dry mouth is a major threat to oral health, as saliva plays a critical role in neutralizing acids and washing away harmful bacteria.

Unfortunately, tooth erosion is permanent. That’s why it’s important to see a physician regularly to treat the underlying causes of acid reflux. In turn, it’s important to visit your dentist every six months to ensure that teeth are healthy and strong. Meanwhile, here are a few tips to protect your dental health:

  • Chew sugar-free gum to encourage saliva production. Doing so will help neutralize acids in the mouth, and will also wash away food particles and bacteria.
  • Opt for desensitizing toothpaste to strengthen weakened tooth enamel.
  • If you experience acid reflux at night, try to avoid eating or drinking alcohol 3 hours prior to bedtime. This can lessen the frequency of acid reflux episodes.

A Well Cared For Smile Should Last A Lifetime!

At Pure Smiles Dentistry, Dr. Sanil Patel and the team welcome patients of all ages, providing the tools and resources necessary to help them achieve optimal oral health. For those suffering from stomach problems such as acid reflux, regular, comprehensive dental examinations are essential to ensuring that teeth remain healthy and intact. Remember—a well cared for smile should last a lifetime.

Call Pure Smiles Dentistry in Marietta, Georgia today to experience the comfortable and affordable dentistry that you deserve.

Posted on behalf of Pure Smiles Marietta

2655 Dallas Hwy #510
Marietta, GA 30064

Phone: (770) 422-8776

FAX: (770) 428-2207


Mon - Wed: 7AM – 7PM
Thu, Fri: 7AM – 4PM
Sat: 8AM – 3PM, twice a month

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What Pure Smiles Marietta Patient Says

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  • Kim P.

    Dr Patel answered my call for practically in the middle of the night. He came and had no other appointments for the day! Just to help me. The facility was immaculate and him and his hygienist were so helpful. I wish I remembered her name. It had been a while since I had been to the dentist and they never made me feel judged. Great team of people. If you are looking for a dentist give Dr. P and his team a try you won't be disappointed! See u in 2 weeks Dr. P.!i

  • Lisa O.

    Hands down the best dentist I have found. I took all three of my kids and myself. This is a welcoming, child-friendly team. It is readily apparent how well this team works together to make every patient, no matter what age, feel comfortable. I appreciate these people so much. Thank you for being such an outstanding dentist team, Pure Smiles!

  • Carmelita Ch.-H.

    Doctor/Staff is very friendly, knowledgeable and professional. Always make sure you feel comfortable. Pam is an excellent Hygienist. Office space is always clean and tidy. I would recommend this office as we have been going there for the past 12 years.

  • Hudson H.

    I usually HATE the dentist! I saw all these good reviews and was a bit skeptical, but after visiting this office I now know they’re all legit. Pure Smiles made me feel comfortable and was very considerate to me. I normally leave the dentist angry, this time however I was so pleased! Everyone was empathetic and went over and beyond to help me. Everything from scheduling to payment options, they cared. I actually want to floss now.

  • Michelle P.

    I only have positive things to say about Dr.Patel and the staff at Pure Smiles in Marietta. I was in bad shape with a wisdom tooth that needed to be removed. I was seen the same morning that I called, and everything was finished in under an hour. I received a check-up call that afternoon, which I felt was very thoughtful. I went back for an overall exam the following week, and I left their office feeling great about my future dental health. Do not hesitate to call Pure Smiles. The staff is kind, efficient, and up-to-date on dental advances.

  • Kashni S.

    Everyone from the front desk to our Dentist was wonderful. Dr. Sanil Patel was truly impeccable - everything was clean. He offers various services to meet all your cosmetic and medical dental needs in one place!! Check it out for yourself.

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2655 Dallas Hwy #510
Marietta, GA 30064

Mon - Wed: 7AM – 7PM
Thu, Fri: 7AM – 4PM
Sat: 8AM – 3PM, twice a month