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J Can Dent Assoc. 2003 Feb;69(2):84-9.

Dental erosion in gastroesophageal reflux disease.

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Coordinator of Prosthodontics, Hospital for Sick Children and Bloorview MacMillan Children's Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.


Dentists are often the first health care professionals to diagnose dental erosion in patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Gastroesophageal reflux (GER) is the passage of gastric contents into the esophagus, and GERD is defined as symptoms or complications of GER. Twenty-four-hour monitoring of esophageal pH is helpful in diagnosing GERD. Treatment of dental erosion resulting from GERD involves a multidisciplinary approach among family physician, dentist, prosthodontist, orthodontist and gastroenterologist. When possible, dental erosion should be treated with minimal intervention, and such treatment should include control of microflora, remineralization, adhesive restorations and use of biomimetic materials.

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