Behavioral factors

Monogr Oral Sci. 2006;20:100-105. doi: 10.1159/000093356.


During and after an erosive challenge, behavioral factors play a role in modifying the extent of erosive tooth wear. The manner that dietary acids are introduced into the mouth (gulping, sipping, use of a straw) will affect how long the teeth are in contact with the erosive challenge. The frequency and duration of exposure to an erosive agent is of paramount importance. Night-time exposure (e.g. baby bottle-feeding) to erosive agents may be particularly destructive because of the absence of salivary flow. Health-conscious individuals tend to ingest acidic drinks and juices more frequently and tend to have higher than average oral hygiene. While good oral hygiene is of proven value in the prevention of periodontal disease and dental caries, frequent toothbrushing with abrasive oral hygiene products may enhance erosive tooth wear. Unhealthy lifestyles such as consumption of designer drugs, alcopops and alcohol abuse are other important behavioral factors.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Acids
  • Drinking Behavior
  • Feeding Behavior*
  • Health Behavior
  • Humans
  • Life Style
  • Oral Hygiene
  • Saliva / metabolism
  • Time Factors
  • Tooth Erosion / etiology*
  • Tooth Erosion / prevention & control


  • Acids