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Acid Reflux and Your Oral Health Marietta, GA

Acid Reflux and Your Oral Health

Is acid reflux ruining your smile? The uncomfortable and damaging effects of an acid reflux condition can extend beyond your chest and throat. This condition involves the frequent travel of stomach acid back up into your esophagus. If this highly acid fluid reaches your mouth on a regular basis, your dental health can be compromised.

Tooth enamel is a thin, yet extremely hard layer of protection on your teeth. Your mouth’s saliva helps to maintain a natural and proper pH balance so that this layer doesn’t erode and your teeth are able to properly rebuild minerals. However, stomach acid from acid reflux can overpower the beneficial properties of saliva and eventually weaken your tooth enamel. Over a period of time, acid reflux can cause enamel erosion, which leaves your teeth vulnerable to multiple dental complications, including the following:

  • Mouth irritation or pain
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Darkening and discoloration of your teeth
  • Shortened or thinning teeth

The best way to protect your smile is to treat or manage your acid reflux. However, it can also help to drink plenty of water throughout the day and chew sugarless gum to promote healthy saliva production. Your dentist may suggest fluoride treatments or other preventative dental services to keep your teeth protected from an acidic environment. If acid reflux has already damaged your teeth, Gilreath Dental Associated offers a wide variety of restorative solutions such as crowns, bonding and veneers to repair the health and integrity of your teeth. Although the heartburn associated with acid reflux is likely your most disruptive symptom, don’t forget about its damaging effects on your pearly whites. If you suffer from acid reflux, always let your dentist know at your routine checkup.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Paul Gilreath IV, Gilreath Family Dentistry

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Our Client Reviews
Gilreath Family Dentistry

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Based on 307 reviews


Dr. Gilreath is incredible with my kids. They love going to the dentist now! And this busy mom loves the warm neck wraps, the soft music and enjoying a latte while I relax!

Kenneth H.

Was lucky enough to find these guys when I got insurance that my old dentist did not take. Very professional and friendly staff! Office has the latest greatest technology as well. If you're looking for a new dentist, search no further!

Susie L.

Very personable and friendly, they took the time to go over my complex dental history and did not pressure me into anything. They gave their recommendations and priced out any options I had. Great group!

Camille Y.

Dr. Gilreath and his staff are top notch. I received the best cleaning I've ever had while watching my favorite show. The Doctor and his staff were all very polite, friendly, and courteous. They explained everything to me clearly and presented me with options in a gentle way that didn't make me feel pressured at all. It's obvious they really care about the wellbeing of their patients. The facility and equipment is really nice as well. I will definitely be back!

Juan R.

Always willing to work around my kids and my schedules. Today I had a long appointment. They started on time and always made sure I was comfortable and that the pain was managed so the procedure could’ve been completed without issues. Very courteous and professional staff.

Lucia B.

Awesome dental practice! The staff is friendly and efficient. Dr. Gilreath is thorough and versed in the latest technology and procedures. I love that he can make crowns in the office while you wait (so no walking around with a temporary crown for days or weeks). I would strongly recommend this dental practice!

Matthew W.

I've been going here for about a little over a year now. I've had a few cleanings, a filling, and started Invisiline so far. Hands down, the best run dental office I've ever been to. In the past at other dental offices I often had to wait 30 or more minutes beyond my appointment time before being seen. At Dr. Gilreath's office I've been seen on time every time. They seem to have systems in place to make every part of your visit run smoothly. From how they took x-rays, to billing and appointments, to the work done by the hygienist/dentist, everything seems to run like a well oiled machine. On top of that all the staff are all friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. The office space itself is also quite nice. Very clean, well maintained, and seems very "up to date" with their equipment. If you're looking for a dentist and are anywhere in the northwest metro area I would highly recommend Dr. Gilreath.

Jhion R.

The staff is always so courteous and personable. They make us feel like family every time we have an appointment. Service is excellent, too. My wife recently went for a cleaning and Dr. Gilreath noticed a chip in one of her fillings. He knew we recently had another baby and that her time was very limited so he went ahead and did the filling right then and there, an extra thirty minutes tops. Dr. Gilreath is always looking at the big picture and really knows his stuff. We will never go anywhere else

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