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Oral Health Topics

Erosive Tooth Wear

Key Points

  • Erosion is the loss or wear of dental hard tissue by acids not caused by bacteria.
  • Erosion may be caused by intrinsic (e.g., acid reflux and excessive vomiting) and/or extrinsic (e.g., diet) factors.
  • Soft drinks, particularly carbonated sodas and sports drinks, appear to be a significant extrinsic cause of erosion.
  • Introduction
  • Dental Erosion
  • Prevention and Management
  • Patient Information
  • ADA Seal of Acceptance: Dental Erosion
  • References
  • ADA Resources
Topic last updated: August 29, 2019

Prepared by:

Department of Scientific Information, Evidence Synthesis & Translation Research, ADA Science & Research Institute, LLC.


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