Office News letter
The holidays are just around the corner and it's time to celebrate the season by breaking bread with family and friends. Speaking of breaks, we are also excited to see all our college students return home for the winter break!
One of the important health reminders during this holiday is to enjoy those hearty meals but be careful not to over indulge as over eating could lead to acid reflux and GERD or gastroesophageal reflux disease. Unfortunately, approximately 60 million people experience acid reflux on a regular basis and chronic acid reflux can lead to GERD which causes stomach acid to spill into the esophagus and up to the oral cavity. This can lead to heart burn which can sometimes be mistaken for asthma or heart attack. If not properly treated it can lead to teeth erosion and damage to the esophagus and even cancer. To help reduce the chances of acid reflux, eat smaller portions, more frequently, and allow the food to digest 4 hours prior to going to bed and 2 hours prior to any heavy exercise.
Moreover, did you know your saliva not only help reduce decay by coating your teeth but also contains enzymes to help break down food prior to being swallowed? So remember to chew slowly and frequently. This means chewing food 20 times before sending it down. This allows less effort on the stomach to digest the food and less chance of indigestion. So our pearly whites are critical to our overall health!
So be sure to brush and floss after that big holiday meal and take care not to over indulge in carbonated beverages, caffeinated drinks, and chocolates as all of these process foods can damage your teeth and loosens the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) which leads to acid coming up into the throat and oral cavity. This leads to the burning sensation in the throat and sour taste in the mouth.
Key is to take everything thing in moderation! Ask me how I know!!
Anyway, enjoy the holidays and we look forward to seeing our old and new patients during this holiday and winter season! Happy Turkey day, Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year!
Dr. Lee and Staff
"Every tooth in a man's head is more valuable than a diamond."
-- Miguel de Cervantes, Don Quixote, 1605
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