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12/09/2013

Dental erosion and hypersensitivity in Europe

Today, at the first scientific symposium of the 101st FDI Annual World Dental Congress, dental experts presented the findings of a new study that aimed to establish the prevalence of dental erosion, hypersensitivity and tooth wear in young adults in Europe. The study is the first of its kind. The Epidemiology Study on Non-Carious Cervical Lesions and Associated Risk Factors (ESCARCEL) was conducted among 3,187 dental patients aged 18 to 35 in the UK, Italy, France, Finland, Latvia and Estonia, who were examined by over 90 dentists in general practices dental equipment. To determine the prevalence of tooth wear, the researchers used the Basic Erosive Wear Examination (BEWE), a scoring system that grades the appearance or severity of wear on the teeth from no surface loss (0); initial loss of enamel surface texture (1); distinct defect, hard tissue loss (dentine) less than 50 per cent of the surface area (2); or hard tissue loss more than 50 per cent of the surface area (3). According to Prof. David Bartlett ultrasonic dental scaler, head of prosthodontics at King’s College London, tooth wear is a growing problem in Europe, as 26 per cent of the participants had a BEWE score of 2 and 27 per cent a score of 3, for example. However, there were large regional differences. In the UK, 47 per cent had a score of 2, but only 7 per cent had a BEWE score of 3. On the other hand, in Italy, almost 20 per cent had a score of 3, while 19 per cent had a score of 2 dental ultrasonic scaler. Latvia, Estonia and Finland had the lowest prevalence of a score of 3.

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