Management

Man brushing teeth

Managing dentin hypersensitivity

Here we discuss different approaches for managing dentin hypersensitivity, including the consensus recommendations from the Canadian Advisory Board on dentin hypersensitivity, 2003.

Steps for managing dentin hypersensitivity1

Clipboard icon

IDENTIFY

  • Observe patients’ subtle twinges during cleanings or other procedures
  • Ask patients about symptoms
  • Rule out other causes of pain, like caries and periodontal disease
Light bulb icon

EDUCATE

  • Increase patient awareness – they may be unaware that they’re using coping mechanisms such as changing how and what they eat and drink; avoiding brushing and even avoiding dental visits
  • Help patients understand how sensitivity is impacting their behavior and quality of life
  • Advise them on correct brushing technique and support them to avoid aggressive brushing
Speech icon

RECOMMEND

  • Recommend a soft bristled toothbrush and to use a sensitivity toothpaste twice daily
  • Recommend Sensodyne and encourage consistent twice daily use, even after pain has been reduced
Patient conversation

Educating your patients

Patients should be educated on how to manage their dentin hypersensitivity through changes in lifestyle and daily oral hygiene habits. Recommendations could include:2

  • Avoid aggressive toothbrushing
  • Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and sensitivity toothpaste, twice daily
  • Schedule regular dental appointments

Maintaining good oral hygiene is important for patients with dentin hypersensitivity.

Download a patient poster on general toothbrushing advice or direct patients to visit www.sensodyne.com.

Sensitivity toothpastes can have different mechanisms of action3,4

Sensodyne – #1 Dentist recommended brand for sensitive teeth5

Tooth Icon

Dentin hypersensitivity

Find out more about dentin hypersensitivity.

Find Out More

Ice Lolly Icon

Causes and mechanisms

Find out about the causes and mechanisms behind dentin hypersensitivity.

FIND OUT MORE

 

Family Icon

Impact on patient quality of life

Find out about the impact dentin hypersensitivity has on patients’ daily lives.

FIND OUT MORE

 

Tooth with magnifying glass icon

Diagnosis

Explore an overview of diagnosing dentin hypersensitivity.

FIND OUT MORE

Sensodyne logo

Sensodyne range of products

Find out how Sensodyne can help your patients.

FIND OUT MORE

 

Patient resources icon

Patient resources

Download resources for your patients.

FIND OUT MORE