Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the dental professional should be able to:

  • Describe why tooth wear poses a serious public health issue.
  • Discuss the difference between physical and chemical wear on hard dental tissues.
  • Identify the factors that cause each of the three types of physical tooth surface loss (tooth wear).
  • Discuss the multiple factors that cause chemical tooth surface loss (dental erosion).
  • Identify the chemical, biological and behavioral factors that influence dental erosion.
  • Be familiar with how to diagnose dental erosion.
  • Advise the patient on the diet, behavioral, and medical factors that can reduce dental erosion.