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Acid Erosion of Your Teeth

The newly advertised problem of Acid Erosion suggests that you must use Pronamel to prevent terrible damage to your teeth. Is this a significant problem that should encourage you to run to the store or quit eating the foods you love?

It is true that acid in strong enough concentrations can erode the outer tooth structure enamel. Does the food that you eat pose this problem? No. Unless you suck on lemons or limes all day long, a habit that was popular in Florida many decades ago, a normal healthy diet does not pose unusual risk to your enamel.

Acid Reflux, which should not be confused with indigestion, is a common source of erosion of the enamel right along the gum line. Reflux occurs when you lie down horizontal and the Hydrochloric Acid in your stomach seeps up into your mouth. This is a strong enough concentration of acid to dissolve away some of the tooth and root surface. Pronamel will not prevent or help this situation.

The biggest concern with Acid Reflux is not the minor damage to your teeth but the effect the acid can have on the lining of your esophagus and throat. There has been a big increase in esophageal cancer in the recent past and it is attributed to Acid Reflux. It is best to see a Gastroenterologist, MD, and have the problem evaluated. There are few symptoms related to the onset of Acid Reflux and often it is a well educated Dentist who can spot the problem and make the correct refferal.

Scare tactic marketing of Pronamel should be ignore.

One comment

  1. Brushing after a reflux episode is good if you use baking soda which acts as a buffer neutralizing the acid and protecting your teeth.

    Comment by Anthony Coleman on March 8, 2015 at 8:44 pm

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