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Terminology of Erosive Tooth Wear: Consensus Report of a Workshop Organized by the ORCA and the Cariology Research Group of the IADR

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Nadine Schlueter, Bennett T Amaechi, David Bartlett, Marília Afonso Rabelo Buzalaf, Thiago Saads Carvalho, Carolina Ganss, Anderson T Hara, Marie-Charlotte D N J M Huysmans, Adrian Lussi, Rebecca Moazzez, Alexandre Rezende Vieira, Nicola X West, Annette Wiegand, Alix Young, Frank Lippert

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-5
Number of pages5
JournalCaries research
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 14 Oct 2019

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Our understanding of erosive tooth wear and its contributing factors has evolved considerably over the last decades. New terms have been continuously introduced, which frequently describe the same aspects of this condition, whereas other terms are being used inappropriately. This has led to unnecessary confusion and miscommunication between patients, professionals, and researchers. A group of 15 experts, selected by the European Organization for Caries Research (ORCA) and the Cariology Research Group of the International Association for Dental Research (IADR), participated in a 2-day workshop to define the most commonly used terms in erosive tooth wear. A modified Delphi method was utilized to reach consensus. At least 80% agreement was achieved for all terms discussed and their definitions related to clinical conditions and processes, basic concepts, diagnosis, risk, and prevention and management of erosive tooth wear. Use of the terms agreed on will provide a better understanding of erosive tooth wear and intends to enable improved communication on this topic.

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