Interaction between Physical and Chemical Tooth Surface Loss

Tooth wear can be the result of interaction between two or more tooth surface loss processes. The most common presentation of tooth wear involves dental abrasion with erosion.2 Acid partially dissolves the outer layer of mineralized tissue, which increases the potential for abrasion from toothbrushing with or without toothpaste. For example, there can be interaction between dental attrition and dental erosion in individuals who regurgitate often, such as bulimics.

Figure 3.
Diagram depiction of how erosion and all the physical factors of tooth wear are interlinked.
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