Acid injuries especially prevalent among teenage boys

6. august 2009  
Filed in News

Every third 16-year-old boy in the city of Frederiksberg has acid injuries of the teeth, which means the etching of the tooth enamel. Cola, soda and other soft drinks are supposed to be the main reason for syreskaderne – in the specialised language called erosions. The result comes from a study carried out by Frederiksberg Municipality's Dentistry, and, as presented in the Tandlægebladet.

In general, have more than one seventh of the 12-to 17-year-olds in the city of Frederiksberg acid injuries to the teeth. The problem is most often seen among boys, and the damage gets worse, the older you get.

In Tandlægebladet presents overtandlæge Lene Esmark from Frederiksberg and the Municipality of Dentistry the results of a survey of the scope and severity of erosions among 2.151 of the municipality's children and young people in the 12-17 years of age.

According to the survey, 313 of the young people, equivalent to 14.6 per cent. at least one tooth with acid injuries. Five have so severe damage to large areas at minimum one tooth is completely without enamel.

In all age groups is the prevalence of acid injuries highest among the boys, especially in the 15-to 16-years of age. Among the 16-year-olds, for example, has at 7.6 per cent. of the girls, acid injuries, while the same is true for the whole of 32,8 per cent. of the boys. The big gender difference is offset a bit after 16-years of age, but the problem is still most prevalent among the boys. The five persons with the most serious type of erosions are also all boys.

In general, it can be seen that the problem with acid injuries increases with age. The older the adolescents become, the more frequent is the occurrence of acid injuries, as the severity of the damage also increases.

Frederiksberg Municipality's Dental care will now continue to develop targeted prevention programmes in the form of guidance and enlightenment. Efforts must be directed particularly against the boys and should already be implemented from the age of 12 years.

Read more in Tandlægebladet no. 9 2009 or