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Gastric Reflux

This syndrome can have severe dental consequences.   Your tooth enamel is designed to protect the sensitive tooth structure underneath.  Acid reflux can attack the surface minerals in tooth enamel and erode them away.  The result is teeth that are thinner, weakened, and frequently sensitive to temperature extremes.

If your gastric reflux that is not well controlled by medication, there are still things you can do to protect your teeth.  Prescription toothpastes like Fluoridex and Prevident 5000+ can help to remineralize acid-attacked enamel before it erodes away.  Custom trays can be made for you by your dentist (much like the thin flexible trays used for home bleaching) so that you can give yourself a nightly five-minute fluoride treatment.  You can use a fluoride rinse like Johnson & Johnson’s Act.  These forms of fluoride can help to counteract the effects of acid attack on your teeth.    If the damage to your teeth is already severe, your teeth can be restored with protective crowns or  porcelain veneers to prevent stomach acid from reaching tooth surfaces.

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Bacterial Infection Linked To Severe Gum Problems

People with severe gum problems are more likely than those with healthy gums or with less extensive problems to test positive for Helicobacter pylori, the bacteria associated with stomach ulcers.

Researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention examined data on more than 4,500 people who were involved in a national survey conducted between 1988 and 1994 in the United States.

One sign of severe periodontal disease is deep pockets (spaces) between the teeth and gums. Normally, the gums hug the teeth snugly. The researchers found that people with pockets at least 5 millimeters deep were almost 50 percent more likely to test positive for H. pylori, compared with people who had healthy gums or less severe gum problems.

The research suggests that H. pylori may play a role in periodontal disease.

The likelihood of infection with H. pylori increases with age and infection is more common in people who live at or near the poverty level.

Periodontal disease — a term that includes gingivitis and periodontitis — can affect the gums, connective tissue, and bone surrounding the teeth. At its most severe, it can cause tooth loss.

  American Journal of Public Health, November 2002

Ulcer-Nixing Nutrition
If you're getting plenty of vitamin C in your diet, you could be decreasing your risk of becoming infected with ulcer-causing bacteria.

In a recent study, high blood levels of ascorbic acid, or vitamin C, were associated with a decreased risk of infection with Helicobacter pylori, a kind of bacteria that is a common cause of ulcers. Good food sources of vitamin C include oranges, red bell peppers, and strawberries.

RealAge Benefit: Getting 1,200 milligrams of vitamin C per day from food and supplements can make your RealAge as much as 1 year younger.

February 06, 2008

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