The prevalence and treatment implications of cervical abrasion in the elderly

J. S. Hand, R. J. Hunt, J. W. Reinhardt

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Cervical tooth abrasion was assessed for 520 elderly people who were representative of the non-institutionalized dentate elderly in 2 rural Iowa counties. In this dentate population, 56% of the people had some cervical abrasion, with 30% having abrasion more than 1 mm in depth. Abrasion was found on 16% of all teeth, 5% being deeper than 1 mm. The prevalence of cervical abrasion varied by tooth type, with maxillary premolars most frequently affected. Regression analysis identified 5 independent variables that were related to the number of teeth with cervical abrasion (R2 = .335). These factors were consistent with a hypothesis of vigorous toothbrushing as the major etiologic factor.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)167-170
Number of pages4
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1986
Externally publishedYes

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