Tackling a Touchy Subject: Tooth Sensitivity
Dentin hypersensitivity is more common than you may think. Globally, prevalence rates for dentin hypersensitivity range from 3-98%, although it is generally reported to be approximately 25%-30% of the adult population.1 Even though the condition is common, some patients may not mention it to you as their dental professional. This Contributor Network article, brought to you by dental hygienist, Sarah Jackson, contains information regarding patient coping mechanisms, and adjusted behaviors to avoid sensitivity triggers.
In this article you can find more about:
- The prevalence of dentin hypersensitivity
- The impact it has on patients' everyday lives
- How to assess your patients who may be suffering, and questions to ask them
- Suggestions for clinical examinations
- Who may be at risk for dentin hypersensitivity
- Patients undergoing periodontal treatment
- Patients with an acidic diet/gastric reflux
As Sarah Jackson mentions, desensitizing toothpastes are a first line treatment option for sensitivity. Download this contributor network article for more on how Sensodyne offers a range of products to provide relief for sensitivity with the additional benefits patients seek in a toothpaste.
The Psychology Of The Dentin Hypersensitivity Patient
Do patients and dentists think dentin hypersensitivity is a minor oral health condition issue or a chronic condition? This article asks whether it is time to reappraise the condition in order to help patients and also strengthen the dentist-patient relationship.
Getting Mouthy About Sensitivity
Could simply asking if patients ever play with their food in their mouth be a springboard to create an opportunity to understand what oral health means to them? Find out more about taking a proactive approach with patients with dentin hypersensitivity.
Patient Communication and Gum Health
This article considers how dental professionals can improve communication to encourage patients to focus on improving their gum health, and includes practical tips and examples to help inspire behavior change.
Learn more about a variety of conditions patients can experience, including what causes them, how they impact patients' lives, and how they can be managed.
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