How can I prevent gastroesophageal reflux disease from heartburn?

Weight loss, diet. If your are overweight, losing weight can help. You should avoid late meals, large meals, fatty meals, peppermint, caffeine, nicotine, chocolate, spicy foods, tomato sauce and any other foods you find cause heartburn. Taking a daily acid medications such as ranitidine or Prilosec otc can be helpful if the above does not help.
Not all GERD = burn. Gastroesophageal reflux disease (gerd) involves movement of stomach contents back into your esophagus. Gerd can be "silent" in a substantial # of patients, manifesting with ear/nose/throat & lung problems without heartburn. Heartburn is the common presentation of burning discomfort in your chest with exposure of the esophagus to stomach contents. See earlier healthtap answers for gerd prevention.

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Is there any way to prevent bad breath if someone has gastroesophageal reflux disease?

Try parsley oil. If your bad breath is being caused strictly by your reflux disease then make sure you are taking some type of acid reducer like Prilosec and you can try going to a health food store and ask them about parsley oil supplements for the breath problem. Also make sure you have good oral hygiene and don't forget to brush your tongue or use a tongue scraper.
Treat the GERD. In addition to treating the gerd you may want to try smart mouth oral rinse as it binds sulphur compounds that are a major former of gases that contribute to bad breath. Also brush with a toothpaste containing bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) to neutralize oral acids that form from the dissolving of the hydrochloric stomach acid gas in the saliva. Bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) oral rinses may also help breath & tooth problems from gerd.

What is the difference between heartburn, acid reflux and the gastroesophageal reflux disease?

1. Acid reflux or gastroesophgeal reflux disorder is syndrome where because of lax sphincter between the esophgus and the stomach, people get regurgitation of acid conent in to the esophagus. Heartburn is the most common symptom of acid reflux but by no means the only symptom or manifestion. Acid reflux causes heartburn, esophagitis, strictures, barretts esophagus as well as cough etc.
All related. Heartburn is a common symptom of the physiologic event of acid reflux. Gerd is diagnosed when reflux symptoms occur frequently to require medical attention. Reflux symptoms include heartburn, regurgitation, frequent burping, night time cough, or even aspiration.... And many others. If you are having frequent problems and takes Tums (calcium carbonate) or acid reducer regularly, you need to see a doctor.
Heartburn is pain. Heartburn is the pain people get from the damage to the lining of the esophagus caused by stomach acid coming up past a failing valve at the top of the stomach. Gerd is the name of this disease. While acid medicines can reduce the pain they do not stop the stomach fluid from coming up. Gerd is often associated with hiatal hernias. Both of these can be fixed with minimally invasive procedures.