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J Prosthet Dent. 1997 Oct;78(4):367-72.

The prevalence, etiology and management of tooth wear in the United Kingdom.

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Department of Conservative Dentistry, UMDS, Guy's Hospital, London, United Kingdom.

Abstract

STATEMENT OF PROBLEM:

Recent epidemiologic evidence suggests that tooth wear is now a significant problem in both children and adults. There is growing evidence that a major cause of severe wear in patients is regurgitation erosion due to a variety of factors including gastroesophageal reflux disease.

PURPOSE:

The purpose of this article is to discuss the prevalence of tooth wear in the United Kingdom. Emphasis in management should be on accurate diagnosis, and in some patients, long-term monitoring before embarking on any irreversible, interventive treatment. Even when treatment is necessary, a period of monitoring is helpful to assess the rate of progress of the wear, the effectiveness of preventive measures, and therefore the extent of the treatment necessary.

PMID:
9338867
DOI:
10.1016/s0022-3913(97)70043-x
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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