Dentine hypersensitivity: do mouthwashes help?


This review of mouthwashes for the management of dentine hypersensitivity included 7 small studies all at high risk of bias. While minor benefits in patients’ subjective perception were seen the limited quality of the study means these findings should be interpreted with caution.

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Top Dental Elf Blogs of 2015


Derek Richards presents the top Dental Elf Blogs of 2015. Highlights include eating disorders and oral health, the long awaited Cochrane Review of water fluoridation and the update of the NICE guidance on infective endocarditis.

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Dentine hypersensitivity – calcium sodium phosphosilicate pastes effective suggests review


This review of the use of Calcium Sodium Phosphosilicate (CSPS) for the treatment of dentine hypersensitivity included 11 trials involving a total of 1190 patients suggesting that a 5% CSPS-containing toothpaste is effective for use as an at-home treatment.

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Dentine hypersensitivity: which treatments are best?


This review of dentine hypersensitivity treatment was broad, covering 11 agents and 105 RCTs. Most treatments suggested some benefits but the quality of available evidence was limited and there was little information on the relative effectiveness of the various agents.

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Dentine hypersensitivity following periodontal treatment reduced by use of desensitising paste


In this small trial the use of either an 8% arginine desensitising paste or prophy paste reduced dentine hypersensitivity after scaling but the arginine base paste was significantly better than the standard prophy paste.

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Dentine hypersensitivity: most desensitising toothpastes provided benefit finds review


31 RCTs were identified for this review of desensitising toothpastes for dentine hypersensitivity. A wide range of agents were tested and most were found to be effective although the number of trials available for each agent was relatively small range from 3-8 studies.

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Study suggests that single application of prophylaxis paste can reduce dentine hypersensitivity


Dentine hypersensitivity (DH) is a relatively common problem and we have reported on a number of studies and reviews over the past 12 months that have assessed various treatments to alleviate this problem.   This aim of this study was to determine the effectiveness of a prophylaxis paste containing 15% calcium sodium phosphosilicate (NovaMin® ), with [read the full story…]

Study finds high levels of dentine hypersensitivity in young European adults


Dentine hypersensitivity (DH) and various treatments have been used to treat the condition (Dental Elf 17th July).  Epidemiological studies have produced prevalence figures for this ranging from 1.34% to 98% so the objective of this study, was to determine by clinical examination combined with a questionnaire, the prevalence of DH in 18–35 years old Europeans [read the full story…]

Study suggests that use of dentine bonding agents provides the greatest improvement in dentine hypersensitivity at 2 weeks and 6 months


The aim of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of three different interventions (non-desensitising toothpaste, desensitising toothpaste and professionally applied dentine bonding agent) in reducing dentinal hypersensitivity over a 2-week, 3-month and 6-month- period in a dental practice setting. In this practice based study patients adults (18-75yrs of age) with at least one sensitive [read the full story…]

Review suggests that some lasers are effective in treatment of dentine hypersensitivity


In my blog on 25th June 2011 we looked at a systematic review which aimed to assess whether laser therapy was more effective than desensitising agents for dentine hypersensitivity.   This latest systematic review on the topic by  Sgolastra et al  aimed to assess the efficacy of lasers, stratified according to laser type, on changes in [read the full story…]