The impact of dentine hypersensitivity on patient’s quality of life as perceived by dentists

  • Sikandar Javed Bajwa
  • Muhammad Qasim
  • Asad Mahmood
Keywords: Quality of life, dentine hypersensitivity, dentist

Abstract

Introduction: Oral health related quality of life is an area with multidimensional construct. It shows people ease when eating, sleeping and involving in social interaction and their satisfaction with regard to their oral health.

Material and Methods: In this study, dentists were asked a number of questions regarding dentine hypersensitivity and its impact on the quality of life of the patients. A total of 100 questionnaires with close ended questions were sent to dentists working in the teaching hospitals of Lahore Medical and Dental College and de’Montmorency College of dentistry. A total of 100 out of 100 dentists’ response rate was observed with 55% female and 45% male ratio was seen. The data was analysed by using SPSS 22.0. Frequencies were calculated and were represented in the form of  bar charts.

Results: 87% of the dentists reported that dentine hypersensitivity has an effect on the quality of life of the patient. Moreover, 13% of the dentists reported that dentine hypersensitivity has a severe impact on the quality of life of the patient. While 67% observed it to be moderate and 17% reported it to be having a mild effect on the quality of life of the patient.

Conclusions: This study shows that dentists have a good perception regarding the dentine hypersensitivity and its impact on the quality of life of the patient. However, there is a need for increased awareness and development of the guidelines for proper evaluation and management.

Author Biographies

Sikandar Javed Bajwa
BDS, MSc. Assistant Professor, Oral Biology Department, Lahore Medical and Dental College, Lahore, Pakistan.
Muhammad Qasim

BDS, FCPS. Assistant Professor, Operative Department, Lahore Medical and Dental College, Lahore, Pakistan.

Asad Mahmood

BDS, MSc, Assistant professor/ HOD Oral Biology, Lahore Medical and Dental College, Lahore, Pakistan.

Published
2017-12-30
How to Cite
Bajwa, S., Qasim, M., & Mahmood, A. (2017). The impact of dentine hypersensitivity on patient’s quality of life as perceived by dentists. Pakistan Orthodontic Journal, 9(2), 98-102. Retrieved from http://poj.org.pk/index.php/poj/article/view/169
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Original Articles