Data from the World Health Organization indicates that one in every persons in industrialized nations has either occasional or continuous upper gastrointestinal disorders. An example of such an ailing is the gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD), which has one of its symptoms being dental erosion. Gastro-esophageal reflux (GER) refers invasion of the esophagus by gastric compounds, and GERD is
viewed as a further complication of GER. Additional symptoms including random sour tastes in mouth, belching and heartburns. Clinicians have pointed out that eroding of teeth is normally caused by acid regurgitation from the stomach. The occurrence is an irreversible series of event comprising of mineral loss totally unrelated to microbial involvement.
Proponents in the oral health domain therefore recommend a multi-disciplinary approach to treatment of the above mentioned ailing, involving family physicians, dentists, gastroenterologists and orthodontists. Also, they advocate for minimal intervention in treatment via the use of adhesive restorations and biomimetic compounds.