An underestimated problem: dentin hypersensitivity [Vol II]
We talked about the problem of dentin hypersensitivity (DHS) in a former article (click here to read it) as it must be considered as a real issue in every branch of dentistry. We saw how to recognize signs and symptoms and how to perform quick and simple tests to diagnose DHS.
So, your patient came to your office with a problem, try to give him a quick solution! First of all, teach him how to properly brush: it seems to be a stupid thing, but many patients don’t know how to brush! They feel like they have to push with the toothbrush, and they often hurt their gums.
Then try to relieve their pain with a simple, quick and effective application of a fluoride varnish, and teach him how to use a desensitizing toothpaste non only to brush: it can be very helpful if used like an “emergency” treatment for DHS if patients apply it on the painful areas with a finger. It’s easy, cheap, fast and truly effective! You will for sure increase your patients’ confidence and trust in you and in themselves. Then, it will be easier to guide your patients through their own treatment path.
A 45 y.o. man is complaining about a strong DHS (VAS 9). He’s a strong bruxist, with GERD and a less than perfect plaque control. First of all we tried to relieve his DHS, in order to perform a professional hygiene and to design a restorative treatment plan.
The correct brushing technique was deeply explained, and we suggested she gently massage the sensitive areas with a desensitizing toothpaste as an “emergency” treatment.
The important thing is not to underestimate DHS, because it’s a real problem for a lot of patients; DHS therapy can be included in almost every branch of dentistry, and can help clinicians to lower the side effects of a lot of treatment plans.