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02-5631-17040: Tooth Erosion: Risk Factors and Therapeutics

Course Abstract:

Contact Hours (CE): The Academy of Dental Learning and OSHA Training, LLC, designates this activity for 2 continuing education credits (2 CEs).
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Published: October 2012
Updated: August 2017
Expires: September 2020
Pages: 31
Course Instructor: Anne P. Doods, BDS, MPH, PhD
No conflicts of interest are reported by the author or by educational planning committee members.

Educational Objectives

  • Describe the epidemiology and pathophysiology of dental erosion
  • Identify the behaviors that have been identified as “high risk” in the development of dental erosion
  • Describe other common causes of tooth structure loss – Bruxism, Abrasion and Attrition, and their relevance to dental erosion
  • Describe the clinical signs and symptoms of erosion
  • Describe the host modifying factors that affect the development of erosion
  • Apply appropriate dental clinical techniques in the management of dental erosion.

Course Description

The increasing number of children and adults diagnosed with dental erosion presents a clinical challenge to the dental practitioner.

This course describes the epidemiology, pathogenesis, clinical diagnosis and treatment of dental erosion. Erosion is the process by which tooth mineral is irreversibly lost due to the action of acid. This is a direct pH effect that occurs when the critical pH of dental enamel (<.5.5) is breached. All acids, whether from intrinsic (such as that produced by gastric acid reflux) or extrinsic sources (e.g. dietary such as yogurt, pickles, soft drinks – especially sports drinks), are capable of demineralizing tooth enamel if they produce a pH at the enamel surface that is lower then the critical pH. The early signs of erosion are often difficult to diagnose and a definitive diagnosis may require long-term monitoring of the progression of tooth wear with study casts and photographs. Only preventive, provisional or temporary treatment should be given for erosion lesions until the causative condition is determined and treated and the erosion is controlled and stabilized.

In addition to erosion, there are other forms of non-caries destructive processes that result in a loss of tooth structure. These processes include abrasion, attrition, and resoption. Destruction of tooth structure is almost never caused by a single process, as they often co-exist.

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