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What is GERD & How Can Our Dentists Help Diagnose It?

Posted on September 25, 2012 | in Anti-Aging Dentistry, Oral Systemic Dentistry | by

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a condition in which the stomach contents (food or liquid) leak backwards from the stomach into the esophagus (the tube from the mouth to the stomach). This action can irritate the esophagus, causing heartburn and other symptoms.

How can our dentists help recognize the warning signs and offer treatment associated with acid reflux disease?

 
Interesting…want some more evidence on how overall health is directly connected to oral health?

Check out this article to see how dental records can identify osteoporosis risk factors years before the condition actually develops.

What are some other overall health conditions that can also present risk factors or symptoms related to oral health?

– Diabetes
– Heart Disease
– Stroke
– Oral Cancer
– Dementia
– Sleep Apnea

If we are what we eat…and the leg bone is connected to the hip bone…doesn’t it make sense that the better we take care of our teeth and gums, the better our overall health will be as well?

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+Chris Barnard is Managing Editor of DentalPatientNews.com, a patient-centric Social Dental Network blog dedicated to enabling the digital dental health conversation - and the eradication of the cavity creeps.
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