Medical Conditions that Dentists May Find First.

Many patients do not realize that at your dental exam your dentist may find signs of a medical condition. At I often refer a patient back to their physician for evaluation of acid reflux (GERD) when I see signs of chemical erosion of the teeth.

Acid Reflux

Did you know that your dentist is generally the first to know that you have acid reflux?  In this condition acid is regurgitated from the stomach, back through the throat into the mouth. If the patient has symptoms it is usually those associated with heartburn but more often than not there are no symptoms when the dentist finds it.  Read the rest of this entry »