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Many Dental Patients Unable To Identify Erosive Tooth Wear, Study Finds

January JADA

The ADA News (1/2, Versaci) reports a new study has found that “dental patients struggle to recognize erosive tooth wear.” For the study, over 600 participants viewed “images of buccal surfaces of teeth that were sound or had erosive tooth wear or caries.” The researchers found that “participants had difficulty recognizing erosive tooth wear in general and compared to sound and carious teeth at each level of severity, and they were less likely to schedule a dental appointment for care or treatment of teeth with erosive wear than caries at each level as well.” In addition, participants “found erosive tooth wear more esthetically attractive than caries at each level of severity and initial erosive tooth wear more attractive than sound teeth.” The findings were published in the January issue of The Journal of the American Dental Association.