Clinical Update

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Each month, the clinical update is published online and in the Victorian Dentist. There are 11 clinical updates per year, corresponding with the distribution of the Victorian Dentist from February to December. This service is available to ADAVB and ADATas members only. Members can log in to view and answer the clinical update questions. If you answer at least eight out of 10 questions correctly, you will receive one hour of scientific CPD.

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Desensitizing toothpastes for dentine hypersensitivity: A network meta-analysis

Martins CC, Firmino RT, Riva JJ, Ge L, Carrasco-Labra A, Brignardello-Petersen R, Colunga-Lozano LE, Granville-Garcia AF, Costa FO, Yepes-Nuñez JJ, Zhang Y, Schünemann HJ.J Dent Res. 2020 May;99(5):514-522. doi: 10.1177/0022034520903036. Epub 2020 Feb 8.PMID: 32037944

Compiled by Dr Aaron Martin and Dr Sarah Chin


Dentine hypersensitivity is characterised by short, sharp pain from exposed dentine following a stimulus. Stimuli may be tactile, thermal, air or osmotic in nature. One treatment option for management of dentine hypersensitivity is the application of topical agents. A wide variety of such agents have been developed and integrated into toothpaste preparations.

This systematic review and meta-analysis aimed to determine the effect of toothpastes on dentine hypersensitivity by assessing existing randomised controlled trials. Hypersensitivity was considered in adults in response to tactile, cold and air stimuli. A wide range of different topical agents was assessed.

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