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Open Access Highly Accessed Research article

The prevalence of dental erosion in Nigerian patients with gastro-oesophageal reflux disease

Adeleke O Oginni1*, Elugwaraonu A Agbakwuru2 and Dennis A Ndububa3

Author Affiliations

1 Department of Restorative Dentistry, College of Health Sciences, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria

2 Department of Surgery, College of Health Sciences, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria

3 Department of Medicine, College of Health Sciences, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria

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BMC Oral Health 2005, 5:1  doi:10.1186/1472-6831-5-1

Published: 1 March 2005

Abstract

Background

In various people of the Western world, gastro-oesophageal reflux (GOR) has been reported to be a common problem. Various studies have also assessed the relationship between GOR and dental erosion. The authors are not aware of such studies in Nigerians. It is therefore the aims of the present study to estimate the prevalence of GOR; to estimate the prevalence of dental erosion in patients with GORD; to document the oral findings in patients diagnosed with GORD and to compare these findings with previous studies elsewhere.

Methods

A total of 225 subjects comprising of 100 volunteers and 125 patients diagnosed with GORD were involved in this study. History of gastric juice regurgitation and heartburn were recorded. Oral examination to quantify loss of tooth structure was done using the tooth wear index (TWI) designed by Smith and Knight (1984).

Results

Twenty patients with GORD presented with dental erosion in the maxillary anterior teeth with TWI scores ranging from 1–3. The prevalence of erosion was found to be statistically significant between GORD patients (16%) and control (5%) (p < 0.05), but not significant between endoscopic diagnostic groups (p > 0.05).

Conclusion

The present study supports the consideration of dental erosion as the extra-oesophageal manifestation of GORD. However the association between GORD and burning mouth sensation needs more investigation.