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The rise of dentine hypersensitivity and tooth wear in an ageing population

Key Points

  • Contemplates the consequence of an ageing population, retaining teeth with more tooth wear and dentine hypersensitivity, as observed worldwide.

  • Raises awareness of the increasingly high prevalence of these diseases in the world and in particular in the UK.

  • Helps inform a prevention strategy in an ageing population, which ideally initiates from younger age groups and onwards, to best reduce disease risk into older age.

Abstract

Our understanding of the aetiology of dentine hypersensitivity (DH) has changed dramatically over the past few decades. It is no longer an enigma, but other problems exist. The prevalence of DH in the world and in particular in the UK is increasing, predominately due to increases in tooth wear and the erosive dietary intake in the younger population. DH is increasingly reported in all age groups and is shown to provide clinical indication of an active erosive tooth wear. As the population ages and possibly retain teeth for longer, the likelihood of tooth wear and DH could increase. This paper describes the prevalence, aetiology, diagnosis and management of DH in relation to tooth wear, which work together through a surface phenomenon. The aim is to raise awareness of the conditions and to help inform a prevention strategy in an ageing population, which starts from younger age groups to reduce disease into older age.

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Olley, R., Sehmi, H. The rise of dentine hypersensitivity and tooth wear in an ageing population. Br Dent J 223, 293–297 (2017). https://doi.org/10.1038/sj.bdj.2017.715

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