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East Afr J Public Health. 2009 Aug;6(2):141-3.

Dental erosion due to lime consumption; review of literature and case report.

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  • 1Department of Restoractive Dentistry, Faculty of Dentistry, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria. bamisect@yahoo.com



Dental health is increasingly threatened by dental erosion introduced by today's lifestyle. Extrinsic factor is the most implicated. Few literatures mentioned lime-incited dental erosion.


A 49 year old woman was referred to our clinic with tooth wear and sensitivity. She was in good health but on daily dose of anti-hypertensive drugs for three years. Intraorally, classical erosive lesions were observed on the occlusal surfaces of the molars but of note are the lesions on the bucco-gingival surfaces of the maxillary incisors and the mandibular premolars. Dietary history eventually yielded inappropriate use of lime juice in order to slim down her weight.


The use lime must be considered when assessing dietary causes of erosion. Extensive dental damage and dentine hypersensitivity are classical clinical features. Dentists must be able to make a diagnosis of lime-incited dental destruction and to institute the necessary therapeutic and preventive measures.

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