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Tooth Structure Loss VI

Intrinsic Erosion

Patients that suffer from gastroesophageal reflux (GERD) are at risk for potential catastrophic tooth destruction if the condition is not treated by their physician or gastroenterologist. The gastric acid may contain hydrochloric acid and is much more destructive that the acids from food or drink. Symptoms may include frequest need to clear your throat, chronic cough, hoarseness, trouble swallowing, and a sour or acid taste in your mouth.

Bulimia Nervosa can be equally destructive due to the acids brought into the mouth from frequent vomiting. The inside part of the top front teeth are most suseptible and the teeth can become thinner and shorter as a result. Again, treatment with a qualified professional in dealing with eating disorders is critical to recovery and early detection can lead to restoration of the damaged teeth.

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