Managing dentine hypersensitivity in the dental practice
In this broadcast, you have the opportunity to learn how you can further help your patients with dentine hypersensitivity.
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Dentine hypersensitivity is a painful yet common oral health problem.
Although prevalence can be as high as 57% (Gillam et al, 2013), some patients are reluctant to report sensitivity, which can make it difficult to diagnose and challenging to treat.
As a result of patients not reporting the pain and discomfort they suffer, professionals aren’t always able to address the problem; subsequently toothbrushing and flossing become painful, putting patients at an increased caries risk.
As dental professionals we can help them manage this debilitating condition.
During this broadcast, Professor Bartlett provides an interesting and informative overview in which he discusses his personal experiences of dentine hypersensitivity and how his own perceptions around risk factors have evolved.
The broadcast also looks at an overview, including epidemiology and aetiology, before moving to reviewing measurement methods and underlying conditions as contributing factors.
Towards the end of the hour, Professor Bartlett looks at available technologies and treatment options based on the previously highlighted underlying conditions, whilst sharing some interesting case studies reviewing simple, complex and resistant cases.
Gillam D Chesters R Attrill D Brunton P Slater M Strand P Whelton H Bartlett D (2013) Dentine hypersensitivity–guidelines for the management of a common oral health problem. Dent Update 40(7): 514-6, 518-20, 523-4
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