A peer-reviewed course written by Joy D. Void Holmes, DHSc, BSDH, RDH
Dentinal hypersensitivity (DH) is a common dental condition that affects a majority of the population, and despite extensive investigation, this disorder remains underdiagnosed, underreported, and undertreated. Dentinal hypersensitivity impacts quality of life and emotional well-being. Patients experiencing DH can also suffer from physical and psychological problems. Clinical management of DH is possible. This article will review the etiology and prevalence of dentinal hypersensitivity while examining causative factors of the condition. Clinical management strategies will be discussed along with current treatment modalities, highlighting effective at-home and in-office therapies.
“The Untold Secrets of Managing Dentinal Hypersensitivity” Educational objectives
At the conclusion of this course, the dental practitioner will be able to:
- Examine the etiology and prevalence of dentinal hypersensitivity
- Recognize contributing factors of dentinal hypersensitivity
- Discuss clinical management of dentinal hypersensitivity
- Describe the latest technological advancements in dentinal hypersensitivity treatment modalities along with their mechanism of action
- Help patients manage dentinal hypersensitivity with home-use products and in-office therapies while providing them with instant and long-term relief from pain
Joy D. Void-Holmes, BSDH, DHSc, RDH, holds a doctor of health science degree from Nova Southeastern University and is a registered dental hygienist with over 25 years of clinical experience in private practice. She is founder of Dr. Joy, RDH, and creator of the Dental Hygiene Student Planner. Dr. Void-Holmes is program chair for Fortis College Landover Dental Hygiene Program and holds a faculty position at the American Denturist School. She serves as a professional educator and professional relations consultant for WaterPik. Dr. Void-Holmes is a professional speaker and published author. She has presented continuing education courses nationally and internationally in the areas of instrumentation, ultrasonics, infection control, nutrition and biochemistry, cultural diversity and inclusion, silver diamine fluoride, and glass ionomers along with her signature keynote, Confidence and Courage. She serves as a consultant examiner for the CDCA, board member for the Maryland State Board of Dental Examiners, and chair for the American Dental Hygienists’ Association’s Committee on Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access (IDEA). Dr. Void-Holmes is an active member of the American Academy of Dental Hygienists, the American Dental Education Association, and the Maryland Dental Action Coalition.
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