United Kingdom, August 2013 -- New research, supported by GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare (GSK), a leader in oral care, has revealed the widespread prevalence of tooth wear and dentine hypersensitivity in young adults, and therefore identifies a need to regularly screen patients for these conditions.1
The ESCARCEL study, the first pan-European Epidemiology Study on Non-Carious Cervical Lesions (NCCL)* and Associated Risk Factors, and the largest and most comprehensive study of its kind to date, found that almost one-third (29.4%) of the young adult population suffer from tooth wear while more than two out of five (41.9%) demonstrate dentine hypersensitivity.1
ESCARCEL looked at tooth wear risk factors and found that those with frequent acidic food intake had higher levels of damage.1 Adherence to modern lifestyles including consumption of diets rich in acidic food such as fruits, juices, tea and carbonated drinks, is a likely contributor to the prevalence of the condition.
The study also clearly identifies that erosive factors (extrinsic and/or intrinsic acid challenge, such as dietary acids or gastric reflux), are strongly associated with tooth wear, are also closely associated with dentine hypersensitivity.1 This fact had not been previously proven due to an absence of studies measuring both conditions simultaneously.
The research also confirms that erosive tooth wear is prevalent in adults from as young as 18 years of age.1 The study also shows that tooth wear was higher in 26-35 year olds compared to 18-25 year olds. Similarly, prevalence of hypersensitivity was higher in the older age cohort (26-35 year olds).1
The ESCARCEL study included 3,187 subjects between 18 and 35 years old, who were assessed for tooth wear, dentine hypersensitivity and periodontal health across seven European countries (UK, Italy, France, Spain, Finland, Latvia and Estonia). The study was conducted by six of the world’s leading dental experts in acid erosion, dentine hypersensitivity and gingival health.
“We are delighted with the study findings which offer unparalleled insight into the conditions of tooth wear and dentine hypersensitivity. While historically, caries have been a primary focus of preventative dentistry, ESCARCEL suggests that there is an increasing prevalence of other conditions,” said Professor Denis Bourgeois, Professor of Periodontology and Public Health, Vice President of University and Dean of the Dental Faculty at University of Lyon, France. “These compelling results demonstrate the need for additional research to be repeated around the world in order to obtain global data concerning the prevalence of Non-Carious Cervical Lesions (NCCL).”
“GSK is proud to have supported this major scientific piece of research, which highlights the importance and the prevalence of tooth wear and dentine hypersensitivity”, said Dr. Teresa Layer, Vice President of Oral Health Research and Development, GSK Consumer Healthcare “The study results confirm the essential role of the dental healthcare professional in identifying patients who may be at risk from acid wear and those with dentine hypersensitivity. The high prevalence of tooth wear and dentine hypersensitivity demonstrates the value of regularly screening patients and the recommendation of specialist oral care products that have been designed to help address patients’ oral care needs.”