You may have heard the term acid reflux from your doctor or on television commercials. Simply put, acid reflux occurs when the sphincter muscle located at the base of your stomach fails and allows acid from your stomach to re-enter, or reflux, into your esophagus. The sensitive tissue that lines the esophagus is not intended to come in contact with the acid. The result is the trademark burning sensation.
Some other, lesser known, symptoms of reflux include: coughing, raspy voice, and tooth decay. These symptoms occur when the acid reaches very high in the esophagus.
Because of the long term damage that may occur with repetitive episodes of reflux, you should see a doctor if you experience heartburn regularly two or more times per week.