ORAL PATHOLOGY : Dental erosion in children: A literature review


Dental erosion, defined as the progressive, irreversible loss of dental hard tissues

By a chemical process without bacterial involvement, is currently considered a significant clinical challenge.

Even though erosion has been considered the major component of toothwear in children, it often co-exists with other forms of toothwear such as attrition (wear resulting from tooth to tooth grinding) and abrasion (wear resulting from tooth to other hard surfaces).

As subjects with erosion in the primary dentition have increased risk of erosion in the permanent dentition, early diagnosis and prevention from an early age will help prevent damage to the permanent teeth.

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Erosion in children may be associated with many clinical problems such as dental hypersensitivity, altered occlusion, eating difficulties, poor aesthetics, pulp exposure and abscesses.

The aim of this paper was to critically review the literature on dental erosion in children with regard to its aetiology, prevalence, associated clinical conditions and prevention.


°Australian Dental Journal
°S Taji, WK Seow

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