Proactively Treat Dentin Hypersensitivity

Having a conversation with patients about dentin hypersensitivity is key to identifying the root of the problem and recommending the appropriate actions.

Managing Sensitivity: 4 Steps to Empower Your Patient1

Checklist

1.    Diagnose dentin hypersensitivity

  • Observe patients’ subtle twinges during dental cleanings or other procedures
  • Ask patients about symptoms
  • Rule out other causes of pain, like caries and periodontal disease
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2.    Discuss the impact of sensitivity

  • Awareness: Patients may be unaware they’re using coping mechanisms, such as changing how and what they eat, avoiding brushing, and even avoiding dental visits altogether
  • Understanding: Help patients understand how sensitivity is impacting their behavior
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3.    Educate your patients

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

4.    Recommend a sensitivity relief toothpaste

  • Recommend Sensodyne® to provide sensitivity relief with twice daily brushing
  • Encourage consistent daily use, even after pain has been reduced
Checklist

1.Diagnose dentin hypersensitivity

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

2.Discuss the impact of sensitivity

  • Awareness: Patients may be unaware they’re using coping mechanisms, such as changing how and what they eat, avoiding brushing, and even avoiding dental visits altogether
  • Understanding: Help patients understand how sensitivity is impacting their behavior
Light Bulb

3.Educate your patients

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

4.Recommend a sensitivity relief toothpaste

  • Recommend Sensodyne® to provide sensitivity relief with twice daily brushing
  • Encourage consistent daily use, even after pain has been reduced
Sensodyne Products

The Science of Sensodyne®

Sensodyne uses active ingredients potassium nitrate or stannous fluoride to provide clinically proven sensitivity relief with twice daily brushing.

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Sensodyne Toothpaste

Sensodyne®: Sensitivity Relief.* Multiple Options.

Sensodyne comes in many formulas. See which one is right for your patients.

*with twice daily brushing

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Dentist Smiling Giving Product Recommendation

Recommend the Right Product for Each Patient

Identify symptoms of dentin hypersensitivity or acid erosion to make a quality recommendation.

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Sensodyne Products

The Science of Sensodyne®

Sensodyne uses active ingredients potassium nitrate or stannous fluoride to provide clinically proven sensitivity relief with twice daily brushing.

Learn More

Sensodyne Toothpaste

Sensodyne®: Sensitivity Relief.* Multiple Options.

Sensodyne comes in many formulas. See which one is right for your patients.

*with twice daily brushing

See Products

Dentist Smiling Giving Product Recommendation

Recommend the Right Product for Each Patient

Identify symptoms of dentin hypersensitivity or acid erosion to make a quality recommendation.

Learn More

Reference:

1. Canadian Advisory Board on Dentin Hypersensitivity. Consensus-based recommendations for the diagnosis and management of dentin hypersensitivity. J Can Dent Assoc. 2003;69(4):221–226.