Erosive tooth wear campaign launched by UK dental bodieson 5th August 2019
Leaders from key UK dental bodies, in partnership with GSK, have joined forces to launch a new campaign to drive screening for erosive tooth wear (ETW) as part of the standard dental examination.
The launch, held at King’s College London on 22 July, in collaboration with GSK, brought dental representatives from the Erosive Tooth Wear Foundation, Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK), British Society of Dental Hygienists and Therapists, Dental Protection Society and King’s College London together to discuss tooth erosion, and launch the basic erosive tooth wear examination (BEWE) toolkit.
Despite being the third most commonly observed oral condition, affecting up to 30% of European adults and not requiring a drill to fix, UK research shows that ETW is currently not routinely screened, or monitored, as part of the standard dental examination.
Speaking at the event, Dr Shamir Mehta pointed out the need for dental professionals to be aware of the condition, as patients often aren’t aware of what’s occurring in their mouths, and aren’t always concerned by aesthetics.
Call to action
The event – which showcased ETW-themed artwork as well as acidity experiments – brought members of a multi-disciplinary working group together to collectively urge the dental profession to use the basic erosive wear examination (BEWE) alongside the basic periodontal examination (BPE) as part of every oral assessment to prompt early identification and prevention.
As it follows the same sextant approach as the BPE, BEWE can be conducted at the same time, therefore requiring little additional clinical time.
Professor David Bartlett, head of prosthodontics and graduate training at King’s College London’s Faculty Of Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences, commented: ‘The BEWE was designed specifically for use in general practice, it is a simple tool, which can be used alongside the BPE, to help screen for signs of the condition and prompt preventative discussions with patients.’
Diane Rochford, president elect of the British Society of Dental Hygienists and Therapists, added: ‘As a profession, dental hygienists and dental therapists are traditionally identifying patients with adequate plaque control as an indicator of optimal oral health. We need to raise awareness that this is an exception, ETW generally occurs in patients who maintain optimal plaque control on a daily basis. Routine use of the BEWE alongside the BPE can efficiently and effectively identify patients at risk.’
The BEWE toolkit includes a comprehensive range of materials to help support and educate dental professionals and their patients about erosive tooth wear and the effective use of the BEWE.
The hope is that by applying a unified approach, dental professionals can achieve better outcomes for patients.