Awareness and knowledge of dental erosion and its association with beverage consumption: a multidisciplinary survey

Jeremiah Schmidt, Boyen Huang

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Background: Erosive tooth wear has significant impacts on oral and general health. This study aimed to measure the awareness of dental erosion to establish the relationships among sociodemographic factors, awareness and knowledge of dental erosion, and beverage consumption behaviours, in a sample of university students in Australia. Methods: All undergraduate students enrolled in the targeted programs at an Australian University were invited. A total of 418 students consented to participate. Each was assessed with an online questionnaire. Results: The awareness rate of dental erosion was 92.1%. Soft drinks and fruit juice were most often perceived as acidic beverages by the respondents. The students of greater age, and studying pharmacy, paramedicine, physiotherapy or science, were less likely to be aware of dental erosion. Those students that were aware of dental erosion also had better knowledge of dental erosion, which was associated with a reduced quantity of daily acidic beverage consumption as well. The students that predominantly resided overseas had less knowledge of dental erosion. The students that were of greater age, that were studying clinical science, pharmacy, medical science, paramedicine, or science, and that correctly identified more types of acidic beverages, more often consumed acidic beverages in high-risk patterns. Conclusions: Erosive tooth wear is a relevant matter in dentistry, nutrition and public health. Within a university setting, the effect of education on oral health literacy and beverage consumption behaviour is confirmed. Dental and health professionals should actively educate the individuals and communities about dental erosion and motivate them to change acidic beverage consumption behaviours.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number35
JournalBMC Oral Health
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 2022

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research was funded by a Colin Cormie Grant from the Australian Dental Research Foundation (ADRF).

Publisher Copyright:
© 2022, The Author(s).


  • Awareness
  • Beverage consumption
  • Dental erosion
  • Health literacy
  • Tooth erosion
  • Tooth wear
  • University students

PubMed: MeSH publication types

  • Journal Article
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't


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