Tooth Surface Loss Rises for People with Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease

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Tooth surface loss increases for people with gastroesophageal reflux disease, according to a new study.

The information appears in the Journal of the American Dental Association.

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center put this study together to analyze the tooth surface loss for patients with GERD. At the beginning of the study and after six months, dental impressions were taken of 12 people with GERD and the results were compared to six people without the disease. The results were then digitized, and divided into categories based on the degree of tooth surface loss.

The mean volume loss per tooth was much greater among the patients with GERD. In fact the loss per tooth was 0.18 mm3 compared to 0.06 mm3 for patients without GERD.

Based on this study, people with some kind of acid reflux issues need to pay close attention to the impact the problem has on their teeth. Many people need to be more educated about the serious damage that acid regurgitation may cause to one’s teeth.

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