Research Article of International Journal of Dental Research and Reviews
Sex Differences in Dentin Hypersensitivity
Sri Tjahajawati1*, Anggun Rafisa1, Cucu Zubaedah2
1Department of Oral Biology, Faculty of Dentistry, Padjadjaran University, Bandung, Indonesia
2Department of Public Health, Faculty of Dentistry, Padjadjaran University, Bandung, Indonesia
Introduction: Teeth that are more sensitive to pain stimuli are called hypersensitive. Dentin hypersensitivity is estimated to be suffered by one in six people and may involve one or more teeth. Various studies suggested that sex affects the experience of pain, but just a few of them focus on dental pain. Objective: this study aimed to determine sex based differences in dentin hypersensitivity. Methodology: this study is a descriptive study with consecutive sampling. The population of this study were all patients who came for treatment to Faculty of Dentistry, Padjadjaran University. A total amount 132 samples who had dentin hypersensitivity were collected. Result: the case of dentin hypersensitivity is more common in women and most frequently in patients aged 20-30 years. The mandibular teeth in women were more prone to dentin hypersensitivity (59.3%). The maxillary and mandibular premolar were the type of the tooth that most experienced dentin hypersensitivity in both women and men. Patients with positive test results on tactile stimuli were 81 people (94.19%) for women and 42 people (91.30%) for men. Patients with positive test result on hot stimuli were 74 people (86.05%) for women and 37 people (80.43%) for men. Patients with positive tests on cold stimuli were 85 (98.84%) for women and 44 ((95.65%) for men. The scale result of sensitivity response to electric pulp tester in women (1.62) was lower than men (2.09). Conclusion of this study is women experience more dentin hypersensitivity to tactile, thermal and electric stimuli than men.
Keywords: Sex; Dentin hypersensitivity; Stimuli; Pain
How to cite this article:
Sri Tjahajawati, Anggun Rafisa, Cucu Zubaedah. Sex Differences in Dentin Hypersensitivity. International Journal of Dental Research and Reviews, 2019, 2:8. DOI: 10.28933/ijdrr-2019-01-2105
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