Mithra N Hegde*, Janeesha. C, Priyadarshini Hegde
Department of Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics
A.B. Shetty Memorial Institute of Dental Sciences, Nitte University, Mangalore
To establish the prevalence of dentinal hypersensitivity (DH) in a random sample of patients from Rural and Urban populations of south canara over a period of one month to determine their prevalence based on Age, Gender, Initiating factors, Diet and geographical location. A cross sectional study was done over a period of one month in the department of conservative dentistry and Endodontics of a university teaching hospital and their peripheral rural satellite centres in south canara which included both urban and ruralpopulations .Questionnaires were filled and the subjects were examined clinically for dentine Hypersensitivity using air jet and cold water syringes. Statistical analysis was done using chi square test and Binomial test. The overall prevalence of dentine Hypersensitivity was found to be 18.2%. The commonest age group affected was 31-40 years (p<0.001), found in Males than Females (p<0.001), Initiated by cold than sweet (p<0.001), More in Urban than rural (p= .193).
Key words: Dentinal Hypersensitivity, Prevalence study, South canara, cross sectional study.