The prevalence of dentine hypersensitivity in general dental practice in the UK

Authors

  • J. S. Rees

    1. Division of Restorative Dentistry, Department of Oral & Dental Science, University of Bristol Dental School, Lower Maudlin St., Bristol BS1 2LY, UK
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Abstract

Aim: The aim of this study was to establish the prevalence of dentine hypersensitivity in a cross-sectional study of patients visiting general dental practitioners in the South West region of the UK over a period of 1 calendar month.

Method: Twelve dental practitioners examined 3593 patients over a period of 1 calendar month and 137 patients were diagnosed as having dentine hypersensitivity, giving a prevalence figure of 3.8%.

Results: The commonest teeth affected were the upper premolar and molar teeth and the commonest initiating factor was cold drinks.

Conclusions: The prevalence of dentine hypersensitivity in general dental practice in the UK was 3.8%.

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