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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 18  |  Page : 364-373

Dental erosion: Prevalence, determinants and management strategies


1 Professor and Head, Dept. of Public Health Dentistry, People's College of Dental Sciences and Research Centre, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India
2 Senior Lecturer, Dept. of Public Health Dentistry, People's College of Dental Sciences and Research Centre, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India
3 Professor, Dept. of Public Health Dentistry, People's College of Dental Sciences and Research Centre, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India

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Ajay Bhambal
Professor and Head, Dept. of Public Health Dentistry, People's College of Dental Sciences and Research Centre, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh
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Dental erosion has been defined as loss of tooth structure by chemical means that does not involve bacteria. Dental erosion is a condition of growing concern in the dental profession as it causes irreversible damage to the dentition. The aetiology of erosion is multifactorial and related to various chemical, life style and behavioural; and biological factors. To prevent further progression, it is important to detect this condition as early as possible. Dentists ought to know the clinical appearance, possible signs and symptoms of progression of erosive lesions and their causes so that adequate preventive and, if necessary, restorative measures can be initiated. However, many times it is difficult to differentiate from attrition and abrasion. The aim of this paper has been to review the past and current literature on prevalence, determinants and management of dental erosion.


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