The ancients in medicine and dentistry have a saying,” the mouth can be considered a portal to the rest of the body”. Ironically, the mouth and teeth can sometimes give clues about problems going on in other areas of the body. Kid’s Dentist in San Diego can find clues in the mouth that can indicate something isn’t quite right elsewhere. The link between oral health and cardiovascular disease in San Diego California has been in the news the last few years.
One of many early warning signs noticed in the mouth is GERD (GastroEsophageal Reflux Disease). This is a condition where the stomach contents leak into the esophagus and sometimes all the way back into the mouth. The acidic stomach contents can cause frequent heartburn, belching, chronic coughing, laryngitis, painful swallowing, and… tooth enamel erosion.
Sadly, with children, it is difficult for parents to realize a child is experiencing GERD. Children can’t always communicate the early symptoms of GERD (heart burn, etc.). A red flag that a child may have GERD is the erosion of tooth enamel. Children with GERD can be subject to acidic stomach contents coming up into the mouth multiple times during the day. Even worse, much of the regurgitation of acidic stomach contents seen in GERD occurs during sleep.
In San Diego California, if a child is found to have GERD by a physician, they can often be treated with medications such as an acid reducer. If a Kid’s Dentist in San Diego suspects such, it should be followed up with a physician. If discovered by us, Children’s Dentistry of San Diego at (858) 536-1111, we will do our best to prevent further tooth erosion.