Dentist: Dentin Hypersensitivity: Causes and Cures

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About Course #L0817

Dentin hypersensitivity is one of the most commonly encountered conditions in a dental practice. Educating patients regarding the risk factors associated with their condition is just as essential as encouraging their involvement with the different in-office and at-home treatment options available. Etiological factors associated with dentin hypersensitivity and various treatment modalities, ranging from over-the-counter toothpastes to lasers in the dental office, will be presented. This intermediate-level course is intended for general practitioners of dentistry. It will help general dental practitioners, as well as the hygienists and assistants in their team, establish a diagnosis and develop plans to treat dentin hypersensitivity with a range of options tailored for the particular etiology encountered per the individual patient's mouth.

AGD Subject Code: 161

Course Objectives

  • Describe dentin hypersensitivity and its epidemiology.
  • Identify the etiology and risk factors for dentin hypersensitivity.
  • Outline the steps in diagnosing dentin hypersensitivity, including history and examination.
  • Discuss strategies for managing and treating dentin hypersensitivity.

Western Schools designates this activity for 3 continuing education credits.

About the Author(s)

Poonam Jain, BDS, MS, MPH, is a professor Vice Dean for Clinical Education, Operations and Community Partnerships at the AT. Still University's Missouri School of Dentistry and Oral Health. In addition to her administrative responsibilities, she lectures on preventive and restorative dentistry and mentors students in research. Previously she has served as director of community dentistry at the Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine (SIU SDM) in Alton, Illinois, where she taught since 1997. She obtained her BDS degree from the University of Delhi in 1990 and her MS degree and a Certificate in Operative Dentistry from the University of Iowa in 1997. In 2011, she obtained her MPH degree from the School of Public Health, St. Louis University.

Course Disclosures

  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
  • Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that the course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools' policy not to accept commercial support.
  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.
  • There are no prerequisites for this course.

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