Sensitivity: Overview

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Dentin Hypersensitivity

Dentin hypersensitivity is a common and painful condition that causes short, sharp pain for patients. It can arise when the dentin of the teeth becomes exposed to external stimuli (like eating and drinking), and is often prevalent in patients 20-50 years old.1

A simple but effective strategy is to ask patients whether they have or have had problems with sensitive teeth since their last visit because hypersensitivity may be unreported by the patient.2

Research shows that some sufferers do not perceive dentin hypersensitivity as a dental condition like cavities or gum disease. They often think of it as a lifestyle inconvenience. There is an opportunity to address this in the dental office.3

In addition, some sensitivity sufferers are hesitant to try a sensitivity toothpaste as they do not understand the cause of the condition or how a toothpaste works to ease the pain.3

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