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About the Foundation

Erosive Toothwear (ET) represents a range of conditions where the shape and height of teeth can be lost over time, giving individuals a series of challenges with function, appearance and sensitivity to temperature change. It is not related to tooth decay (dental caries). ET can represent a major problem for both individuals and communities, but the evidence behind this condition, and treatment options for it, are often poorly understood. There are currently many barriers which prevent the knowledge we have from basic and clinical research translating into improved health. The aim of this initiative is, for Erosive Toothwear, to promote understanding of:

  • the condition
  • the underlying science,
  • the scale of the problem and
  • how best to prevent and, where appropriate, manage it

This will be accomplished by the dissemination of the collated evidence using a range of educational tools to facilitate knowledge transfer for patient and public benefit across the four domains of: Education, Dental Practice, Public Health and Research.

Our Team


Professor Dom Zero

Director Oral Health Research Institute
Professor, Department of Cariology, Operative Dentistry and Dental Public Health
Indiana University


Domenick Zero, DDS, MS, holds the position of Director of the Oral Health Research Institute and Professor (with tenure) in the Department of Cariology, Operative Dentistry and Dental Public Health at Indiana University School of Dentistry. After receiving his dental degree from Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., in 1975, Dr Zero completed a general dentistry residency at the Eastman Dental Center and then a three-year research fellowship leading to a master's degree from the University of Rochester in 1979. He has received numerous research grants from the NIH and private industry over his 40 year career. Dr Zero has lectured extensively as an invited speaker throughout the US and internationally and is well recognized for his expertise in the fields of Cariology and dental erosion. He has published more than 150 scientific articles and book chapters. His current research interests include the evaluation of the clinical efficacy of topical fluorides in the prevention of dental caries and erosion, non-fluoride remineralization agents, new early caries diagnostic systems, caries-associated virulence properties of dental biofilms, and salivary diagnostics.


Professor Carolina Ganss

Professor in Department for Conservative and
Justus-Liebig University Giessen


Professor Ganss main research field include Epidemiology, aetiology, prevention and therapy of Dental Erosion, Behavioural Observation and intervention in the field of oral hygiene.


Professor Adrian Lussi

Department of Preventive, Restorative and Pediatric Dentistry
University of Bern


Adrian Lussi is head of the Department of Preventive, Restorative and Pediatric Dentistry, School of Dental Medicine, University of Bern. In the same department he was head of the Pediatric Dentistry Division for 11 years. He holds a master`s degree in chemical engineering from the Swiss Federal University of Technology, Zurich, Switzerland, a teaching license at college level with chemistry as main subject as well as a diploma and a doctorate in dentistry from the University of Bern, Switzerland. His research has covered several aspects of erosion, caries diagnosis and minimally invasive preparation techniques in operative dentistry. He has published over 400 articles, and he has edited four books. Prof. Lussi received numerous national and international awards for preventive dentistry and caries research such as the Yngve Ericsson Prize for research in preventive dentistry, the IADR research in dental caries award, and the ORCA Prize for caries research.  Between 2011 and 2015 he also served as Managing Director of the School of Dental Medicine, University of Bern. He is currently Deputy Managing Director of the School of Dental Medicine, University of Bern.


Professor David Bartlett

Head of Prosthodontics and Graduate Training
Centre for Oral, Clinical and Translational Sciences
Faculty of Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences


David’s research is clinically focused and includes prevalence studies, laboratory investigations and clinical techniques to measure erosive tooth wear in the prosthodontics field. He has a wide range of experience in teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students. Over the past five years he has developed teaching in prosthodontics to make it more relevant to modern general dental practice. He was also instrumental in bringing teaching in implants to undergraduates, but at a level that is consistent with the expectations of dental students. Over the past 20 years, Bartlett has conducted three large prevalence studies and collaborated internationally to publish the only systematic reviews in the literature. In 2009 he published data from the study of 1,010 18-30 year olds together with an assessment of risk. More recently a Pan European study of more than 3’500 participants established the risk factors in erosion.


Professor Nigel Pitts

Director Dental Innovation and Impact
Faculty of Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences,
King’s College London


Nigel Pitts FRSE BDS PhD FDS RCS (Eng) FDS RCS (Edin) FFGDP (UK) FFPH, came to King’s College London in January 2013 to set up the Dental Innovation and Translation Centre. At King’s, he is Director of Dental Innovation and Impact as well as Professor of Dental Health. Externally he is leader of the GCCM Global Collaboratory for Caries Management initiative and Chair of the ACFF Alliance for Cavity Free Future. He is an Honorary Consultant in Dental Public Health to Guy’s and St Thomas’s NHS Foundation Trust. Nigel graduated in Dentistry from the University of London, moved to the University of Hong Kong to help set up a new Dental School in the 1980s, and the returned to the UK to take up the Directorship of the Dental Health Services Research Unit at the University of Dundee (where he also served as Dean and Director of the Centre for Clinical Innovations). He has a long history of researching in and with Dental Primary Care.