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Tooth erosion new topic for ADA Catalog brochure

September 21, 2017

By David Burger

What's eating you? Or, rather, what's eating your teeth?

The ADA released a new brochure in September, highlighting the need for crucial patient education on tooth erosion.

The ADA also revised 20 brochures the same month, including the ADA's most popular brochure, Periodontal Disease: Don't Wait Until It Hurts (W121).

The brochure on tooth erosion comes on the heels of an announcement from the ADA Council on Scientific Affairs that they created a new ADA Seal of Acceptance category on the topic, recognizing that there may be over-the-counter products that can help prevent or reduce enamel erosion from dietary acids.

This new brochure topic, outlined in Tooth Erosion: The Harmful Effects of Acid (W301), explains why acid is a major cause of tooth erosion and covers how erosion can occur from acidic drinks like soda, acid reflux/ gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), eating disorders and dry mouth. The eight-panel brochure also reviews what can happen to teeth if erosion is left unchecked, using real cases to illustrate what it looks like and the damage it can cause. It also explains the ways that erosion can be managed and prevented.

The ADA updated 20 existing brochures. Patient education brochures from the ADA Catalog are revised every three years to ensure accuracy.

The retooled brochures include many new or updated clinical images and more reader-friendly language to ensure patients understand recommendations from their dentists. Brochures targeted to parents mention the new juice guideline from American Academy of Pediatrics — no juice of any kind for children under 12 months; avoid or use very sparingly after the first year.

The overhauled Periodontal Disease brochure, for example, uses up-to-date images and plain language to review every aspect of periodontal disease  — from prevention to treatment. The 12-panel brochure also includes updated illustrations of probing, scaling and root planing and periodontal surgery, along with bone loss X-rays and stages of periodontal disease photos. The brochure teaches patients that early treatment is key to preventing tooth loss.

Among the 20 brochures just revised are:

Many of the brochures are also available in Spanish and/or can be personalized with the practice's contact information.

Readers can save 15 percent on brochures and all ADA Catalog products (including CDT 2018) with promo code 17153 until Nov. 30. To order, visit or call 1-800-947-4746.