The aim of the study: The main objective of the study was to assess the frequency and to analyze different factors associated with dentine hypersensitivity among the patients visiting the dental outpatient department of Bahria University medical and dental college Karachi.
Materials and Methods: A Cross-sectional questionnaire-based study was conducted over a period of seven months among 366 patients visiting the dental OPD of BUMDC. The survey utilized for this study was adopted from the study conducted by Braimoh and Ilochonwu. All participants answered questions related to knowledge regarding dentine hypersensitivity, factors hurting the teeth, measures taken to reduce the pain and teeth commonly affected. Statistical analysis was done using Chi-square test and descriptive statistics.
Results: The frequency of DH was 36% among the surveyed respondents. DH was considerably higher in females as compared to males. 36.6% of males and 50.8% of females had awareness regarding DH. While 19% male and 17% female patients chewed from one side of the mouth. Vigorous brushing of teeth was noted in 16% males whereas brushing for longer duration was identified in 15.3% of females. Teeth most sensitive were maxillary posterior teeth.
Conclusion: The frequency of DH among the patients was 36.3% similar to previously conducted studies. Females complained more frequently regarding sensitivity. Cold foods were commonly identified factors for causing sensitivity in teeth.
Keywords: Dentine hypersensitivity, Dental patients,
Frequency, Cross-sectional study
Key words: Dentine hypersensitivity, Frequency, dental patients, cross sectional study.