New Acid Wear research exposes the need for an early screening and management programme
Acid Wear is a leading cause of tooth wear. Results from the pan-European ESCARCEL study reveal that almost 1 in 3 young adults have experienced tooth wear and more than 2 in 5 demonstrate dentine hypersensitivity, a related condition.1
Previous research by GSK found that most dental professionals think that Acid Wear is becoming more common.2 Now, the results from the first pan-European Epidemiology Study on Non-Carious Cervical Lesions (ESCARCEL) show just how common Acid Wear has become.
A particularly worrying insight is the prevalence of the condition amongst young adults – the study found that almost a third of the European young adult population suffers from tooth wear. 29.4% of 18-25-year-olds suffered from tooth wear, with an even higher prevalence in 26-35-year-olds. The study found more severe tooth wear in those who frequently consumed acidic foods and drinks.
The study also found that 41.9% of young adults suffer from dentine hypersensitivity, a condition which is often associated with tooth wear. Indeed, the study’s findings confirm a strong association between erosive factors (such as high consumption of dietary acids, or gastric reflux) and dentine hypersensitivity, an association which previous studies, which hadn’t assessed both conditions simultaneously, have been unable to prove.
ESCARCEL shows that an acidic diet leads to higher levels of tooth wear.Simple advice like avoiding acidic foods and drinks between mealtimes could help your patients avoid Acid Wear. You can also recommend a toothpaste designed specifically to help protect against the effects of Acid Wear, like Pronamel Daily Toothpaste. Pronamel is proven to help re-harden acid-softened enamel and build protection against future acid challenges.3
- West NX et al. J Dent 2013; 41: 841-851. 2. GSK Data on File 2013. 3.Hara AT et al. Caries Research 2008; 43: 57-63.