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Vol. 69, No. 2
ISSN: 1488-2159
February 2003


Dental Erosion in Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease


• Robert P. Barron, DMD, BSc, FADSA •
• Robert P. Carmichael, BSc, DMD, MSc, FRCD(C) •
• Margaret A. Marcon, MD, FRCPC •
• George K.B. Sàndor, MD, DDS, FRCD(C), FRCS(C), FACS •

A b s t r a c t

Dentists are often the first health care professionals to diagnose dental erosion in patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Gastroesophageal reflux (GER) is the passage of gastric contents into the esophagus, and GERD is defined as symptoms or complications of GER. Twenty-four-hour monitoring of esophageal pH is helpful in diagnosing GERD. Treatment of dental erosion resulting from GERD involves a multidisciplinary approach among family physician, dentist, prosthodontist, orthodontist and gastroenterologist. When possible, dental erosion should be treated with minimal intervention, and such treatment should include control of microflora, remineralization, adhesive restorations and use of biomimetic materials.


MeSH Key Words: dental enamel/pathology; gastroesophageal reflux/complications; tooth erosion/etiology
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