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SARAH M. BURT, RDH, MDH, has been practicing dental hygiene for over 10 years and
currently manages a multilocation dental
practice near the Twin Cities. She does consulting work for Procter & Gamble.
SHELLY L. CAMPBELL, RDH, MPH, Teneriffe
Research Associates, has been involved in
the oral health clinical research field for 25
years. She writes from her home near Kansas
City, and periodically does medical writing for
Procter & Gamble.
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ness of Crest Sensi-Stop Strips is the key
ingredient oxalate, which is kept in constant direct contact with the pinpointed
hypersensitive site during the 10-minute
treatment. Oxalate has been incorporated
in dentinal hypersensitivity treatments17
because of the known ability of oxalate
crystals to provide occlusion of open
dentinal tubules left exposed by the loss
of enamel or cementum. 18 This oxalate-based physical blockage shuts down tubule fluid flow, which in turn cuts off the
nerve overstimulation that is at the root
of the sharp pain. Using this key ingredient in the strip delivery system provides a
unique sensitivity treatment that delivers
immediate and durable relief.
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Imagine this scenario: While out on an errand you run into Mrs. Jones, your on-again,
off-again patient of five years who has worsening gingivitis. (Remember Patient B from
the opening quiz?) She sheepishly admits that she knows she’s way overdue for her
exam and prophylaxis, but she cringes at the thought of your scalers and cold water
on her lower left premolars. What if you could offer a solution to ease her concerns, one
that could proactively and noninvasively
target her discomfort with the simple
placement of a strip, in just 10 minutes?
Crest Sensi-Stop Strips are a potential
practice builder, drawing in both estab-
lished and new patient dentinal hyper-
sensitivity sufferers looking for pain relief
or a means of making in-office care more
comfortable and less stressful. Some
ways to use Sensi-Stop Strips in the office
practice might include:
•;Pre-procedural application – at home. Patients who have already purchased
Crest Sensi-Stop Strips can be instructed before their appointments to place strips
according to package label directions on any sites of identified dentinal hypersen-
sitivity before coming in for a prophylaxis or other procedure where anesthetic use
•;Pre-procedural application – in office. The patient is advised to come in about 30
minutes before the procedure time, and a strip(s) is applied to areas known to be
painful upon stimuli due to exposed dentin. To prevent tying up operatory space,
the patient can sit comfortably in the waiting area. In 10 minutes, before procedure
time, pain relief will be in effect.
•;Clinician modeling followed by at-home use. The clinician can provide helpful
tips to patients in correctly positioning and placing the strip(s) on one or more
sensitive sites while the patient watches in a mirror. The patient is then counseled
on using additional strips at home as needed. Additional instructions about modifying habits that may be contributing to hypersensitivity can be given at this time
(e.g., reducing consumption of acidic beverages and/or avoiding aggressive oral
hygiene). Since patients with dentinal hypersensitivity may have periodontal issues,
recommending a dentifrice that improves plaque control and gingival health may
be a beneficial adjunct to Sensi-Stop Strips home-care desensitizing treatment.
How to use Crest Sensi-Stop Strips in the office