Hello again to all of our returning readers as well as to our new readers and patients. If you have been following this blog, then you are likely aware that Dr. Scharf is a licensed Periodontist in Long Island who enjoys providing easy to understand and informative articles about all things dental. We do that with an article series writing method that educates our readers in smaller bites about complicated and involved health conditions. As we promised last week, we are going to conclude this particular subtopic on hiatal hernia with a discussion ways to decrease or control the symptoms of this sub-topic of GI problems and the relationship to gum disease.
In Our Past Installments
In our previous installments to this subtopic on hiatal hernia, we have talked about just exactly what a hiatal hernia is and how it develops. We have discussed the “regurge” and what is going on when it occurs. The damage that is being done to both the esophageal (throat) tissues as well as the oral tissues has been discussed as well. Having discussed all of this, now it is time pass along some things you can do to help manage the condition.
A Few Lifestyle Changes May Help
Once your hiatal hernia develops, there is surgery to attempt eliminate it but that may not necessarily end all the symptoms. But, take heart, there are some lifestyle changes which may help to control the condition and reduce the symptoms and the damage they are causing.
- Elevate your head when sleeping – this step allows naturally occurring gravity to help keep the stomach acid from refluxing into your esophagus when you are sleeping or otherwise reclining
- Eating smaller and more frequent meals will help ease the pressure in the stomach which helps to move the acid upwards into the esophagus
- Avoid certain foods which are generally known to aggravate the condition. For those of you who have had a hiatal hernia for awhile, you probably already know what foods can trigger the symptoms. But, for those newly diagnosed sufferers and for the possible further education of those longer-term sufferers, here are some of those foods which are recommended to be avoided:
- Spicy foods
- Greasy foods
- Acidic foods like onions, tomatoes and citrus
Other Treatment Options
It is likely that, once you have been diagnosed with hiatal hernia, your medical doctor will give you some recommendations of his own for management of the symptoms. If you watch TV, you already know there are a number of oral medications on the market these days which are advertised as heartburn control medications. Some of these are still available by prescription only while others are now available as over-the-counter medications, and they work well to manage the symptoms to prevent or reduce the reflux and the discomforts and damage associated with it. Your medical professional will provide guidance about which are most likely to provide the best relief for your particular situation.
In our next installment on GI problems and gum disease, we will delve into another subtopic of interest to your health. In the meantime, please don’t continue to put off that call for help. Dr. Scharf wants to be your Periodontist in Long Island. He can help to identify and treat any gum disease or periodontal disease in any member of your family. Call him at (631)661-6633 or visit him online at https://drscharf.com and let him tell you how he can treat gum disease with a laser rather than a scalpel.