More and more people are suffering from gastrointestinal problems that are affecting the teeth. But not all individuals understand the need for treating the mouth, not only the disease. In this article, you will learn about particular acid reflux diseases people have and what should they do to keep their teeth safe.
Peptic ulcer, most of the time, does not affect your mouth. But some peptic ulcer drugs can have oral side effects. This includes changes in taste, dry mouth, and black hairy tongue.
Be careful, because aspirin and steroids can make the condition worse. Let your dentist know that you are suffering from peptic ulcer disease and provide them with a list of the medicine you take or have taken (over-the-counter and prescription medication). The list you provide should also include the vitamins and nutrition supplements. If you suffer from active peptic ulcer (bleeding), and you are in need of dental treatments, tell your doctor because you may need to do certain blood tests firstly.
Heartburn (gastroesophageal reflux disease)
Also known as GERD, it is a disease that affects your mouth. Common symptoms of GERD are the burning sensation and a bad taste in your mouth. The teeth are mainly affected by this problem. The surface of your teeth (enamel), especially the one that is next to your tongue, can wear away because of the stomach acids that enter your mouth. You can use antacids and bismuth, but if you use them frequently, you could develop a condition called hairy tongue.
The dentist can prescribe you an oral mouthwash and fluoride toothpaste that will make your teeth much stronger against acids. The dentist can also offer you fluoride treatments to increase your teeth resistance against acids. You still have to provide your dentist with a list of the medication you take, because if some of those are the source of the problem, they will offer an alternative.
Inflammatory bowel disease
This disease includes ulcerative colitis and Chron’s disease. The sores in your mouth can be related to either of these conditions. The problem is that the inner cheeks and gum tissue will look swollen or enlarged. Some medicines can be at fault of the fungal infection in your mouth.
If you have stomach problems and suffer from frequent diarrhea and bloody stools, you should bring your dentist a copy of the current blood tests before your first visit. In addition to this, if you took steroids for longer than two weeks, you may require a more complex treatment before the dental one. Taking steroids will make you much more sensible to stress. Thus, you’ll have the impression of feeling more pain. It is common for people who took steroids to suffer complications, like the fast drop of the blood pressure during treatment. Trust your dentist and let them know if you took steroids, even if the amount of time was very short.
For more information about dental problems that result from gastrointestinal problems, ask your dentist after your next appointment.