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Quintessence International



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Quintessence Int 28 (1997), No. 5     1. May 1997
Quintessence Int 28 (1997), No. 5  (01.05.1997)

Page 305-313

Wear now? An update on the etiology of tooth wear
Bishop / Kelleher / Briggs / Joshi
Tooth wear is an ever-increasing problem, and younger patients are particularly at risk. The problem is likely to continue as patients' demands and expectastions rise and as more natural teeth are retained into old age. The etiology of tooth wear is reviewed, with emphasis on those factors that appear to be major contributors to the problem at the moment. The clinical appearance of tooth wear is also discussed. It would appear taht erosive factors are a significant cause of tooth wear. The prominence of acidic damage of tooth tissue is probably a reflection of society's concern with healthy eating and appearance.