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International Journal of Dentistry
Volume 2012, Article ID 716396, 8 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2012/716396
Research Article

Opinions on Dental Erosive Lesions, Knowledge of Diagnosis, and Treatment Strategies among Norwegian Dentists: A Questionnaire Survey

1Department of Cariology and Gerodontology, Institute of Clinical Dentistry, University of Oslo, P.O. Box 1109, Blindern, 0317 Oslo, Norway
2Department of Pediatric Dentistry and Behavioural Science, Institute of Clinical Dentistry, University of Oslo, P.O. Box 1109, Blindern, 0317 Oslo, Norway

Received 28 March 2012; Revised 25 May 2012; Accepted 4 July 2012

Academic Editor: Ana Carolina Magalhães

Copyright © 2012 Aida Mulic et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

This study aimed to investigate dentists’ general experience, knowledge about diagnosis, and treatment of dental erosive wear in young adults. A questionnaire was sent to 1262 Norwegian public dental health-employed dentists. The response rate was 60%. Results indicated that most dentists recorded erosive wear, half of them used a specific scoring system, and half registered lesions at the tooth surface level. Lesions were reported most often on palatal surfaces of upper anterior teeth (79% of dentists), on occlusal surfaces of lower 1st molars (74%), and on upper 1st molars (32%). Half the dentists used clinical photographs for documentation and 60% made study models. While 40% reported more erosive lesions in males, 36% reported no gender differences. High intake of carbonated beverages and acidic juices were reported as the most common cause by 97% and 72% of the dentists, respectively. Only 21% of dentists recorded the patient’s dietary history, and 73% never measured saliva secretion. The majority (78%) of the dentists treated patients with erosive wear themselves. In general, the survey suggests that the dentists are relatively up to date regarding the clinical recording, diagnosis, and treatment of dental erosive wear. However, dietary and salivary analyses were not given priority, and early, preventive treatment was lacking.