Sensitivity: Impact on patient quality of life

Patients with dentine hypersensitivity triggers

Uncovering the impact of dentine hypersensitivity on daily life

Dentine hypersensitivity is a common dental problem. Many of those who experience the short, sharp pain associated with the condition may go to great lengths to avoid their triggers. Here we look at the effect dentine hypersensitivity can have on daily life and the coping-mechanisms people adopt.

The Dentine Hypersensitivity Experience Questionnaire

To understand the impact of dentine hypersensitivity on quality of life, a team from the School of Clinical Dentistry, University of Sheffield, UK, in collaboration with GSK, developed the Dentine Hypersensitivity Experience Questionnaire (DHEQ).1

Both qualitative and quantitative development and validation in a general population have shown that the DHEQ exhibits good psychometric properties. Its use can further understanding of the subjective impacts of dentine hypersensitivity on quality of life.1

The DHEQ explores how quality of life is affected by dentine hypersensitivity, such as its impact on patients’ daily activities or emotional wellbeing.1

Download the short-form DHEQ to assess the impact of dentine hypersensitivity on your patients.

DHEQ results from six clinical trials in over 800 dentine hypersensitivity sufferers show the wide-ranging impact of dentine hypersensitivity on everyday life2,3

Restrictions to eating and drinking

70% felt it took the pleasure out of eating and drinking

Social impact on eating and drinking

26% felt compelled to hide their way of eating

Coping mechanisms

36% tried to cope with dentine hypersensitivity by covering their mouth with a scarf

Made them feel old

33% felt that having sensitive teeth made them feel old

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