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Year : 2006  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 7  |  Page : 48-52

Prevalence, etiology and severity of tooth wear among bold 25-66 year old population of City, Karnataka, using Tooth Wear Index (TWI).

Department of Preventive and Community Dentistry, College of Dental Sciences, Davangere-577 004, Kamataka, India

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Background: Tooth wear is relatively common problem and the source of many complaints. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the prevalence, etiology and severity of tooth wear among adult population of Davangere city, Kamataka (India). Methodology: The study was carried out on 284 adults of Davangere city by using Tooth Wear Index (TWI). Type ill clinical examination was followed as recommended by American Dental Association. Results: Out of 284 subjects examined, 51(17.9%) had abrasion, 50(17.6%) had attrition, 40(14.1%) had attrition and abrasion combined, 37(13%) had erosion. A total of 34,427 tooth surfaces were examined. 5109(14.90%) surfaces had tooth wear out of which 247(0.70%) were pathologically worn down. Conclusion: The results of this study revealed that tooth wear is age related, which is observed in previous studies, as the age increases, the tooth wear goes on increasing and the wear pattern differs from patient to patient. Most of the etiological factors are multifactorial.

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