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.”

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Dr. Fraser Hendrie BDS (Glasg.) MFGDP (UK)

Fraser is a Glasgow graduate with over 20 years of experience. He is the one of the principal dentists at Craigentinny Dental Care in Edinburgh. He has a reputation for consistent, high quality work and a love of innovation. Many of Dr Hendrie’s patients travel from the far reaches of Scotland, the UK and beyond. So wherever you live from Portobello or around Edinburgh to further afield he will be pleased to meet you. He is a member of the Student Clinicians of the American Dental Association, British Dental Association, the Association of Dental Implantology, and has studied at the Pankey Institute in Miami on several occasions. Fraser has particular interests in Dental Implantology, Preventive dentistry, Cosmetic Dentistry and information technology. Fraser has also been admitted to the Faculty of General Dental Practitioners by examination. Fraser is married with two young children and lives in Edinburgh. In his free time he enjoys running, cycling, and kite-surfing.