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Quintessence International

Edited by Eli Eliav

ISSN 0033-6572 (print) • ISSN 1936-7163 (online)

Publication:
May 1997
Volume 28 , Issue 5

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Wear now? An update on the etiology of tooth wear

Bishop/Kelleher/Briggs/Joshi

Pages: 305-313
PMID: 9452693

Tooth wear is an ever-increasing problem, and younger patients are particularly at risk. The problem is likely to continue as patients’ demands and expectastions rise and as more natural teeth are retained into old age. The etiology of tooth wear is reviewed, with emphasis on those factors that appear to be major contributors to the problem at the moment. The clinical appearance of tooth wear is also discussed. It would appear taht erosive factors are a significant cause of tooth wear. The prominence of acidic damage of tooth tissue is probably a reflection of society’s concern with healthy eating and appearance.

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