Epidemiology of erosion

This is an overview of epidemiological studies of erosion in children, adolescents and adults including country, year of publication and subject number.

The weighted average in each age group (19.1%, 47.8%, 46.9%), and the overall mean (37.9%) are indicated.

According to this rough estimation, around one third of the western population shows signs of erosion.

Click on each age group section for more analysis.
• Epidemiology of erosion
• Epidemiology in 5-9 year olds
• Epidemiology in 10-17 year olds
• Epidemiology in 14-88 year olds
• Epidemiology in 5-88 year olds – An overview

More about erosion epidemiology:

  • Evidence of differences in susceptibility to tooth wear between children and adults is not conclusive.
  • In vitro, deciduous teeth are 1.5 times more susceptible to erosion than permanent teeth (Amaechi et al. 1999). But, according to Jaeggi & Lussi 2006, it is unlikely that this difference translates into a large difference in prevalence of erosive lesions in vivo.
  • Nevertheless, lesions are more frequently identified in boys and there appears to be a linear increase in lesion number and size with age (Kahn et al. 2001).
  • Furthermore, the presence of erosive lesions in deciduous teeth increases the risk of the development of erosive lesions in permanent teeth (Ganss et al. 2001a).