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
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
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
3.Educate your patients
- Avoid aggressive toothbrushing
- Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and sensitivity toothpaste, twice daily
- Schedule regular dental appointments
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.