Thoracic surgeon, Ali Mahtabifard, MD, of La Peer Health Systems provides expert commentary on a recent article discussing chronic acid reflux and how it causes dental problems like tooth decay.

In an article published in The Community Voice, the relationship between gastric reflux and dental problems was detailed.  According to the article, patients who suffer from chronic reflux issues have a susceptibility of developing dental issues.  The occasional occurrence of acid reflux is common and is usually nothing to worry about. However, people who experience it on a regular basis should contact their physician. When a patient has a serious case of acid reflux, they are diagnosed with gastro esophageal reflux disease, or GERD.

“The symptoms of acid reflux should never be ignored,” says Ali Mahtabifard, MD, Medical Director of the Reflux Surgery Center of Excellence, a department of La Peer Health Systems in Los Angeles. “It can be common for patients that have developed serious conditions of acid reflux to delay seeking treatment. When left untreated, this can cause further health ramifications including gum disease and severe tooth decay.”

Acid reflux is commonly associated with heartburn. Heartburn is caused when stomach acid is regurgitated up into the esophagus. When heartburn is experienced, the pain comes from the stomach acid moving through the esophagus. This can cause problems if heartburn becomes a frequent occurrence.  When a patient has gastro esophageal reflux disease, the consistent exposure to these stomach acids can damage the lining of the esophagus, cause infections, and even dental problems. As the stomach acid is regurgitated into the mouth, it begins to wear on both the tooth enamel and gums. Constant bombardment from the acid can cause rapid tooth decay and gum recession.

“The best way to treat GERD usually starts with the patient,” says Dr. Mahtabifard. “Alterations to the patient’s diet, eating habits, and aspects of lifestyle can be implemented with the intention of reducing the amount of acid produced. A lot of the time, all it takes are a few changes”

If the problem persists after the patient makes the necessary changes, there are over the counter medications designed to reduce stomach acid and help acid reflux.  In more severe cases, surgery may be necessary to correct gastro esophageal reflux disease.

If you are experiencing acid reflux or heartburn, it is important to consult a specialist. At Reflux Surgery Center of Excellence, our reflux specialists can provide both a proper diagnosis and the best possible course of treatment.  Reflux issues can commonly lead to further health problems if left untreated. Only the expert physicians and surgeons at Reflux Surgery Center of Excellence can provide the very best in GERD surgery, acid reflux treatment, and acid reflux surgery in Los Angeles.

Dr. Ali Mahtabifard is a director of the Reflux Surgery Center of Excellence. He is double board-certified in general and cardiothoracic surgery with extensive training in the treatment of acid reflux using the most state-of-the-art technologies. He also specializes in transoral incisionless fundoplication (TIF) using the EsophyX device for the treatment of reflux.

La Peer Health Systems is an outpatient surgery center in Beverly Hills, founded by doctors and focused on providing excellent patient care alongside the most cutting-edge medical treatments available. With 40 world-renowned physicians in 13 specialties, we offer comprehensive medical treatment that takes patients from consultation to diagnosis, treatment, surgery, and ultimately aftercare. Our 13 medical departments include orthopedics & sports medicine, gastroenterology, head & neck surgery, colorectal & general surgery, podiatry, ophthalmology, pain management, plastics & reconstructive surgery, gynecology, spine surgery, interventional cardiology, bariatric surgery, and anesthesiology. Unlike large hospitals, La Peer’s unique structure offers extremely personal care in a safe and controlled environment.

To contact or learn more about the Reflux Surgery Center of Excellence, visit or call (888)593-1042.