June 04, 2012
Everyone knows that painful burning sensation radiating from inside the chest–heartburn. Persistent symptoms, more than twice weekly, may be a sign of Gastroesophogeal Reflux Disease, or GERD. However, not everyone with GERD suffers from heartburn. In fact, you may have GERD and not even know it.
Commonly called acid reflux, the condition is caused when the esophageal sphincter, which separates the stomach from the esophagus, allows acid to seep out of the stomach. Many times this acid causes heartburn, but not always. In the absence of heartburn symptoms, sometimes the first indication that an individual suffers from GERD is the erosion of the hard enamel surface covering the back teeth or molars. Read more