How Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) is Diagnosed by a Dentist, Featuring Dr. Ronald Shelley of Arrowhead Lakes Dentistry in Glendale, Arizona
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease, or GERD, is when acid from the stomach makes it way up the esophagus into the mouth. This can severely damage the esophagus, which leads to heartburn and a sour taste in the mouth. It can also start to damage the teeth and the acid literally eats away at the teeth in very specific forms.
Dr. Ronald Shelley, of Arrowhead Lakes Dentistry in Glendale, Arizona, identify patients with GERD that have flat teeth but with dimples or pits in the teeth. While a dentist does not treat GERD directly, it treats issues associated with it, such as bruxism and sleep apnea. A dentist is sometimes the first to diagnosis GERD in a patient just by looking at their teeth and they are referred to a physician for proper treatment.
A dentist can help repair the damage to the teeth by restoring them, wearing night guards and sleep appliances.
Dr. Ronald Shelley is a leading sleep expert with sleepbetter.tv. More information can be found about his dental practice, Arrowhead Lakes Dentistry in Glendale, Arizona at www.arrowheadlakesdentistry.com.