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How can heartburn and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) lead to tooth decay?

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Heartburn can take a toll on your teeth. Stomach acid can wear down enamel, your teeth’s hard outer layer. This can weaken teeth and lead to cavities.

From: Complications of Heartburn and GERD WebMD Medical Reference

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American Gastroenterological Association: “Heartburn & GERD.”

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive Kidney Diseases: “Gastroesophageal reflux (GER) and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) in adults.”

Gaude, G. , July-September, 2009. Annals of Thoracic Medicine

Ranjitkar, S. , December 2012. International Journal of Dentistry

University of Maryland Medical Center: “Barrett’s esophagus.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Esophagitis.”

University of Minnesota Medical Center: “Esophageal ulcer.”

Oral Cancer Foundation: “Esophageal stricture.”

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive Kidney Diseases: “Barrett’s esophagus.”

The University of Chicago Medicine: “Barrett’s esophagus.”

American Cancer Society: “Esophagus cancer.”

Pace, F. , June 2008. Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics

Cleveland Clinic: “Gastroesophageal reflux.”

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on February 05, 2018

SOURCES:

American Gastroenterological Association: “Heartburn & GERD.”

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive Kidney Diseases: “Gastroesophageal reflux (GER) and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) in adults.”

Gaude, G. , July-September, 2009. Annals of Thoracic Medicine

Ranjitkar, S. , December 2012. International Journal of Dentistry

University of Maryland Medical Center: “Barrett’s esophagus.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Esophagitis.”

University of Minnesota Medical Center: “Esophageal ulcer.”

Oral Cancer Foundation: “Esophageal stricture.”

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive Kidney Diseases: “Barrett’s esophagus.”

The University of Chicago Medicine: “Barrett’s esophagus.”

American Cancer Society: “Esophagus cancer.”

Pace, F. , June 2008. Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics

Cleveland Clinic: “Gastroesophageal reflux.”

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on February 05, 2018

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