September 2011

Volume 28, Issue 3

Tooth wear and erosion: Methodological issues in epidemiological and public health research and the future research agenda

Authors: C. Ganss A. Young A. Lussi
doi: 10.1922/CDH_2796Ganss05


Background: This paper addresses methodological issues in the field of tooth wear and erosion research including the epidemiological indices, and identifies future work that is needed to improve knowledge about tooth wear and erosion. Methods: The paper is result of the work done at the meetings of the Special Interest Group “Tooth Surface Loss and Erosion” at the 2008, 2009 and 2010 conferences of the European Association for Dental Public Health, and the Workshop “Current Erosion indices- flawed or valid” which took place in Basel in 2007. Results: Although there is consensus about the definition and the diagnostic criteria of various forms of tooth wear, gaps in research strategies have been identified. A basic problem is that fundamental concepts of wear and erosion as an oral health problem, have not yet been sufficiently defined. To a certain extent, tooth wear is a physiological condition, and there is no consensus as to whether it can be regarded as a disease. Furthermore, the multitude of indices and flaws in existing indices, make published data difficult to interpret. Conclusion: Topics for the research agenda are: the initiation of a consensus process towards an internationally accepted index, and the initiation of data collection on the prevalence of various forms of wear on a population-based level. There should be an emphasis on promoting communication between basic and clinical sciences, and the area of Public Health Dentistry. Furthermore, the question of whether tooth wear is a public health problem remains open for debate. Key words: tooth wear, erosion, epidemiology


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