The natural history of the dental pellicle and its relationship to dental erosion

Lead Research Organisation: University College London
Department Name: Eastman Dental Institute


Dental erosion (DE) is usually caused by dietary acids and can affect quality of life. Athletes are at particular risk due to acidic sports drinks although general population prevalence is high. Raising sports drinks pH makes them unpalatable. Instead, we propose to strengthen the dental pellicle (DP) that forms on all teeth and is a barrier to enamel dissolution. Understanding DP protection will allow development of better prevention strategies in both elite athletes and other vulnerable groups. We propose to study; variation of DP with time, effect of environmental challenges, relationship between DP structure and DE and effect of manipulating DP on its resistance to change. Team expertise includes clinical research in elite sport, nanometrology and evaluating nano-structure of DP.


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Studentship Projects

Project Reference Relationship Related To Start End Student Name
EP/R512138/1 01/10/2017 30/09/2022
1986272 Studentship EP/R512138/1 15/01/2018 30/09/2022 Hesham Matabdin