Prevention of progression of dental erosion by professional and individual prophylactic measures

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  • Thomas Imfeld

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    1. Clinic of Preventive Dentistry, Periodontology and Cariology, Dental Institute, University of Zurich, CH-8028 Zurich, Switzerland
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T. Imfeld, Clinic of Preventive Dentistry, Periodontology and Cariology, Dental Institute, University of Zurich. Switzerland, Telefax: -41-12620105

Abstract

The key elements for the establishment of a preventive program for patients suffering from erosion are described on pathophysiologic grounds. These elements aim 1) to diminish frequency and severity of acid challenge, 2) enhance salivary flow, 3) to enhance acid resistance, remineralization and rehardening by fluoride application, 4) to offer chemical protection by buffering substances, 5) to minimize abrasion, 6) to offer mechanical protection. Recommendations for prophylactic measures are made as a conclusion and summarized in the form of check-lists.

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