Erosive Tooth Wear Awareness
Updated: Apr 2
Erosive tooth wear is highly prevalent in the US and leads to irreversible loss of hard dental tissue. Caries is far more prevalent and appears to take the front stage attention. A large percentage of people do not recognize the effects of erosive tooth wear and even dental practitioners fail to treat or recognize the significance of erosive tooth wear at times.
Since erosive tooth wear has taken the back seat, few people feel the need to treat erosive tooth wear. Studies have shown people even misinterpret the early stages of erosive tooth wear as it can deceptively appear more cosmetic at first. The early stage has enamel surface texture changes which appear more polished leading to higher cosmetic ratings. Sound and healthy enamel structure will not appear as shiny or polished and does not expose the underlying dentin. Therefore detection is lower and it may be until the erosion is greater in size or leads to symptoms the patient may seek treatment.
Greater patient awareness such as education and cooperating with dental providers should improve detection of erosive tooth wear.
Brian Y. Kuo DDS FAGD
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