Beyond the Relief of Pain: Dentin Hypersensitivity and Oral Health-Related Quality of Life

  • Paul Ikhodaro Idon Department of Dental Surgery, University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital, Maiduguri, Nigeria
  • Olawale Akeem Sotunde Department of Restorative Dentistry, Faculty of Dentistry, Bayero University, Kano, Nigeria
  • Temiloluwa Olawale Ogundare Department of Restorative Dentistry, Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital Complex, Ile Ife, Nigeria
Keywords: Dentine Hypersensitivity, Pain, Outcome Assessment, Health Care, Health-Related Quality of Life, Oral Health


Pain is a constant symptom of dentin hypersensitivity (DH), which is a common condition that affects daily life and negatively affects the quality of life (QoL). Diagnosis and outcome measurements following the treatment of the disease require accurate pain assessment. The definition of pain underlies the complexity of its measurement as different factors modulate daily experience. The reproducibility of the prescribed stimuli for inducing DH pain clinically is difficult to achieve. This pain mevaasurement is made with unidimensional scales that are inadequate to capture the other dimensions of pain. The only specific QoL tool available for DH still requires testing in other populations and cultures. This article reviews the appropriateness of the current methods of DH pain assessment and the tools that consider the other pain dimensions. It also looks at its impact on the oral health-related quality of life (OHRQoL) of people with DH. The findings will create interest and facilitate research in this field of DH pain measurement and management.


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Idon P, Sotunde O, Ogundare T. Beyond the Relief of Pain: Dentin Hypersensitivity and Oral Health-Related Quality of Life. Front Dent. 16(5):325-334.
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