Nigerian Hospital Practice

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An unusual oral habit presenting as Dentin Hypersensitivity

AO Afolabi, BA Akinwonmi


Dentine hypersensitivity is a condition generally reported by the patient after experiencing sharp, transient tooth pain. It is associated with a variety of exogenous stimuli. These include thermal, tactile and osmotic changes to name a few. There is substantial variation in pain response from one person to another. We present the case of a 30-year-old man with an unusual oral habit- office pin chewing and filing of the front tooth which resulted in dentine hypersensitivity. Clinical relevance: The role of daily oral habits and techniques of cessation were suggested in the management of dentine hypersensitivity.
Keywords: Unusual oral habit, dentine hypersensitivity, case report
Nigerian Hospital Practice Vol. 2 (3) 2008: pp. 54-57
AJOL African Journals Online