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Validation of the Basic Erosive Wear Examination

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Original languageEnglish
Article numberN/A
Pages (from-to)51-56
Number of pages6
JournalCaries research
Issue number1
PublishedJan 2014

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The Basic Erosive Wear Examination (BEWE) is a practical index for screening tooth wear, using a 4-point ordinal scale (0-3). The highest score is recorded in each sextant and a total score (or BEWE sextant cumulative) is calculated per subject. This study aims to investigate if the BEWE sextant cumulative score compares to one comprising a percentage score from all tooth surfaces and as a highest BEWE per subject. The aim is to assess the validity of this score. A total of 350 subjects were recruited from hospital and general practice in south-east England. Buccal, occlusal and lingual/palatal BEWE scores were collected and percentages calculated based on scores 1, 1 and above, 2 and above and 3. BEWE sextant cumulative scores and highest BEWE scores were also recorded per subject. Spearman's correlation coefficients (p values) assessed the relationship between BEWE sextant cumulative scores, BEWE percentages and BEWE highest score per subject. The BEWE sextant cumulative score correlates significantly to a BEWE score taken as a percentage score from all tooth surfaces (Spearman's r > 0.5, p < 0.001) and especially to BEWE surface scores of 1 and above and 2 and above (r > 0.8, p < 0.001) and as a highest surface score per subject (r > 0.8, p < 0.001). BEWE sextant score provides a representation of tooth wear on all tooth surfaces. This study validates a tooth wear index, which provides clinicians with risk indicators of a patient's level of tooth wear and may help to guide clinical management.

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