Not only is acid reflux (also referred to as GERD) a potentially serious digestive disorder, but it can negatively impact the enamel of the teeth. This may lead to a painful smile and frequent trips to the dentist. The “root” cause of this condition is an excess production of hydrochloric acid. If this acid continues to eat away at enamel over time, sensitive dentin can become exposed and the roots may even suffer damage.
What are three ways to help lessen the effects of acid reflux?
– Consuming less alcohol has been known to mitigate these effects.
– Avoiding food two hours before going to sleep can aid in the digestive process.
– Foods that are high in acid such as oranges should be avoided if possible.
“Quitting smoking, reducing alcohol consumption, and losing weight can also help you to live a healthier life in addition to managing your acid reflux.”
Dr. Colin Conway BDS BSc South Africa
With more than 20 years experience in dental practice, Colin has never been more excited and passionate about his dentistry!
Colin grew up in South Africa, and completed studies toward research science and dentistry degrees in South Africa. He moved from Cape Town to the UK in April 2002, and has worked in some of the UK’s leading dental practices - gaining the experience and confidence to offer a wide range of dental services.
Says Colin: "I often joke that I moved to the UK for the weather! But actually I moved because the UK offers world-class opportunities for dentists to expand their knowledge and skillset, a fact which I have embraced. I am equally comfortable doing a dental check-up and cleaning, placing a dental implant or fitting braces to straighten teeth."
Colin lives in Windsor with his partner and two dogs, enjoying the city/country balance offered by its close proximity to London. On weekends, you’re likely to find him cycling along the river or in some of the great parks surrounding the town.
Dr. Bruce Mutch BDS South Africa
Bruce has been in General Dental Practice for 30 years. Says Bruce: "I have always concentrated on Dental Health, getting patients healthy and showing them how it is possible to keep their own teeth for life.” Bruce has a special interest in Cosmetic Dentistry and Children’s Orthodontics. When he's not doing dentistry, you will find Bruce on the tennis court or walking his dog. "Animals have always been a big part of my life, and in my younger days I used to show jump competitively".