Tooth Wear and Medical Conditions: The Role of the Dental Team
Two distinguished experts from King’s College in London were my guests for this posts. They spoke about a recent article they coauthored in the British Dental Journal, titled: Medical conditions and erosive tooth wear. Dental professionals can identify signs and symptoms that suggest that an individual’s erosive tooth wear may be linked to a broader medical problem than just poor diet. As such, they play an important role in identifying underlying medical causes for erosive tooth wear and help prevent the likelihood of further deterioration in the individual’s oral health.
Dr. Rebecca Moazzez is Director of the Oral Clinical Research Unit and Dr. Rupert Austin is Clinical Lecturer & Honorary Consultant in Prosthodontics at King’s College London.
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- The article reviews the most common and serious medical conditions that are linked to erosive tooth wear.
- There is a clear benefit to patients from the dental team picking up on the early signs of these conditions, which may be very subtle and difficult to detect.
- The dental examination should include the possibility of detecting signs of GORD and eating disorders and if detected appropriate referral and liaison with medical professional instigated.
- Early detection could protect the enamel from erosive wear and more importantly may even lead to saving the patient’s life.
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