Escarcel, a new study supported by Glaxosmithkline found that almost one in three young adults suffer from tooth wear and that dentine hypersensitivity is extremely prevalent in young adults. Escarcel also highlights the need for an earlier screening and management programme.

Escarcel looked at tooth wear risk factors and found that those with frequent acidicfood intake had higher levels of damage. Adherence to modern lifestyles including consumption of diets rich in acidic food such as fruits, juices, tea and carbonated drinks, is a likely contributor to the prevalence of the condition. Erosive factors (extrinsic and/or intrinsic acid challenge, such as dietary acids or gastric reflux), are strongly associated with tooth wear, are also closely associated with dentine hypersensitivity. GSK reports that this hasn’t previously been proven due to an absence of studies measuring both conditions simultaneously. The research confirms that erosive tooth wear is prevalent in adults from as young as 18 years of age.  It shows that tooth wear was higher in 26-35 year olds compared to 18-25 year olds. Similarly, prevalence of hypersensitivity was higher in the older age cohort (26-35 year olds). The study included 3,187 subjects between 18 and 35 years old, across seven European countries and by six of the world’s leading dental experts in acid erosion, dentinehypersensitivity and gingival health.

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