If you’re familiar with GERD, these four letters immediately bring up a whole set of information regarding heartburn, discomfort, and some worries about the foods you eat and what may come of your smile. If you’re not familiar but the symptoms just mentioned sound familiar, it’s time to become a bit more in-the-know regarding the long version of this abbreviation: Gastroesophageal reflux disease. When it affects you, it places your oral health at risk. How to handle the situation, you wonder? Your Riverside dentist has helpful advice for you to consider.

First, Talk With Your Doctor

Your Riverside dentist explains that while we can always help you with your oral health (including addressing any side effects that may come from dealing with GERD), you need to speak with your doctor about this concern. Doing so will help you avoid further discomfort, while protecting you from the damage associated with acid reflux. Rest assured, the problem is treatable with changes you can make to your daily life (eating habits, for example) and with medication.

Then, Meet With Us

After you have spoken with your doctor to figure out how to manage or cure GERD, your Riverside dentist strongly encourages you to set up a dental checkup. Even if your issue has not been going on for long, the acids that make their way back into your esophagus and then into your oral cavity can lead to problems like eroded dental tissue (which is known as acid erosion). The best way to keep your mouth safe is to set preventive steps in motion and to look for any signs of injury sooner than later.

Support A Healthy Smile

Make sure your smile stays safe, while you’re treating GERD by coming in to our practice for a checkup and tips on avoiding acid erosion. We are proud to serve patients from Riverside, Temecula, Moreno Valley, Corona, and all surrounding California communities. To schedule an appointment, contact one of the following locations nearest to you:

Riverside Dental Group at Magnolia in Riverside, CA at (951) 689-5031.

Dental Associates of Moreno Valley in Moreno Valley, CA at (951) 697-6800.

Riverside Dental Group at Woodcrest in Riverside, CA at (951) 776-9001.

Oasis Family Dental in Temecula, CA at (951) 695-2290.

Dental Associates of Riverside in Riverside, CA at (951) 369-1001.

Dental Associates of Corona in Corona, CA at (951) 273-9580.