Managing Dental Erosion: Current Understanding and Future Directions
Course Number: 517
Preventing and Managing Dental Erosion
Once a diagnosis of dental erosion is made, an overall preventive management program is needed. ETW management focuses on oral hygiene practices, home care, professional care, and individually tailored advice, depending on the level of severity found, to prevent further erosion and to manage the condition effectively.
There are a number of suggestions that can be made to all patients, and particularly to those in some of the higher risk categories. These categories are best defined as those individuals with a high consumption of dietary acids, such as colas (diet or regular are no different), fruit juices, wine, acidic fruits such as oranges, grapefruit, berries, apples, acidic vegetables such as rhubarb, tomatoes, any vegetables processed in vinegar such as canned beets, pickles, sauerkraut, and a host of other dietary components.
From the standpoint of Management Strategies, there are two main approaches. One is directed to the patient, while the other is geared toward the Dental Professional.