Hygienists’ corner

For hygienists, by hygienists. Deborah Lynne offers advice on the management and prevention of dentinal hypersensitivity.

Sensitive teeth is one of the most common oral complaints I receive from patients.

Dentinal hypersensitivity is characterised as a sharp and transitory pain arising from exposed dentine, in response to an external stimulus in the oral environment.

Up to 30% of adults have dentine hypersensitivity at some period in their lives (Trushkowsky, Oquendo, 2011), with a high prevalence in the 18-40-year-old age group (Canadian Advisory Board on Dentin Hypersensitivity, 2003).

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