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Acid Reflux: Why Your Dentist Cares

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A dentist is devoted to caring for your teeth, gums and jaw. Why would a dentist bother with a digestive disorder like acid reflux? Unfortunately, the acids involved in this stomach condition can wreak havoc on the health of your smile. If your teeth are under constant attack from acid reflux, there are some things your dentist will want to do to protect them.

What is Acid Reflux?

Acid reflux is a digestive disease that involves a malfunction of the lower esophageal sphincter (LES), which is the valve at the entrance of your stomach that opens and closes as food passes through. When the LES doesn’t close fully or opens too often, stomach acids can escape and enter the esophagus. Symptoms typically include a burning sensation in the chest, commonly known as heartburn. What patients may not realize, however, is that those potent stomach acids often travel far up the esophagus and enter the mouth, which poses threats to your dental health over time.

The Trouble with Stomach Acids in Your Mouth

Bad breath and discomfort are just minimal risks of stomach acids lingering inside your mouth. The impact of these acids on your pearly whites can be significant. In fact, those who suffer from chronic acid reflux may find themselves getting frequent cavities or suffer from sensitive or discolored teeth.

Dental decay is caused by bacteria that create acids as part of their metabolism, and these acids leach the minerals out of your teeth creating cavities that the bacteria can invade. Not only can you suffer from decay, but other problems related to enamel erosion can also exist, such as teeth sensitivity or yellowed teeth (the next layer of your teeth are not as white as the outer layer.)

Let a Dentist Help

The more times you experience acid reflux during the day, the greater your risk becomes for dental problems. At the office of Dr. Mitzi Morris, we can typically tell if you are suffering from this stomach disease by examining the condition of your teeth. Not only do we encourage patients to seek treatment for acid reflux or GERD, but we will also take additional measures to protect your smile from this disruptive digestive condition.

Don’t let your smile suffer because of your stomach, contact Dr. Morris in Roswell today.

Posted on behalf of Mitzi D. Morris

1295 Hembree Rd, Suite B202
Roswell, GA 30076

Phone: 678-459-2990

Monday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday: 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday: 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

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Mitzi D. Morris, DMD, PC

4.8/ 5.0

Based on 44 reviews

  • Dr. Morris is an excellent dentist. Her ability to relate to her patients makes her a stand-out amongst those in her profession. She practices dentistry with superior technique and care. Her staff is friendly, helpful, and accommodating. I feel she hires only the best! One special mention: I suffer from panic attacks at times- along with claustrophobia. Dr. Morris is the first dentist I have ever had who helped calm my fears. Thus, my experience exceeded expectations! Great service!

    Cathy Q
  • Definitely would recommend Dr. Morris to anyone. She has been my dentist for over 8 years! Dr. Morris is extremely personable and is serious about the completing the best care possible. Great established dental team! Very accommodating to your schedule.

    Kelly T
  • Great and very educational experience. Compared to my last two dentists this experience blows them both out of the water. The staff is very friendly, and very helpful. I had to go in for a total of four visits a few weeks apart from each other. They made me feel very comfortable the entire time and kept making sure I was pleased. Getting a deep cleaning went very smoothly. It was also brought to my attention that the way I was flossing was incorrect. And have since changed methods. I worked specifically with Dr. Morris. She was very nice, and took the time to explain things. Which is a huge plus for me. Dr. Morris and the staff members worked effortlessly together. I was comfortable enough to sit back and relax, strangely enough, while having cavities drilled and fillings put in. Billing and scheduling appointments, as well as follow up for confirmation of upcoming appointments was very easy. I will say my favorite part of the experience was how friendly of an environment the staff has created. That alone is deserving of a 5 star review, and the rest is honestly icing on the cake. I highly recommend this practice on all fronts and will continue using them!

    Eric F
  • I transferred from a long-term and very good relationship with my former dentist because of a move, and I was a little apprehensive about a new dentist. Dr. Morris has been great. She is friendly, patient-concerned and the office is new, comfortable and clean. Everyone seems to enjoy working there. I feel like I'm in good hands!

    Christopher P
  • Dr. Morris and her staff are very professional. Additionally, she as well as her staff have an excellent "bedside manner." The office is new and well equipped. If one has an appointment and an earlier one opens up, Dr. Morris offers it to her patients as she did with my last appointment.

    David G
  • I have never met a staff so nice and charming. This staff will make you feel comfortable and relaxed in Dr. Morris's Spa like office and everyone is professional and approachable too. Andrea R. explained the process of my appointment and procedures and is definitely a highly-educated and thorough dental hygenist -- SHE IS A ROCKSTAR. I'm so glad that Dr. Morris and her dental team have been my "go-to" for the last 5 years, and I wont be going anywhere else! Overall - A++ Dr. Morris...highly recommended to my family and friends!!!

    Adam O
  • I've been a patient of Dr. Mitzi Morris for many years, and recommend her without reservation. The office is modern. clean and spacious. The staff has always been welcoming and very helpful. And the women who work for her as dental technicians are fantastic; they do a professional and effective deep cleaning, but with a careful, gentle touch. It is clear to me that Dr. Morris reads her professional journals and upgrades her practice to stay very current with the latest best practices in dentistry. (I have had some dentists who stopped updating their practices after leaving dental school!) With Dr. Morris you can count on receiving the very latest dental technology. Her prices are very fair, and I have never been surprised by an unexpected cost or had problems with insurance not covering services rendered.

    Bruce C
  • I have never experienced an office so down to earth, so outgoing and so willing to satisfy. If you've grown to dread the dentist then lay down your sword and give this office a shot.

    Marc Mamane

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Tuesday: 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday: 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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1295 Hembree Rd, Suite B202
Roswell, GA 30076

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