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Table 1 Characteristics of the group who declared sensitive teeth (ST): pain characteristics, oral habits and quality of life affected by ST, solutions found (n = 1018)

From: Prevalence of sensitive teeth and associated factors: a multicentre, cross-sectional questionnaire survey in France

  Number of subjects Percentage (%)
Total 1018 100
Type of pain a 1013  
Acute 326 32.2
Discomfort 577 57.0
Pulsatile 177 17.5
Existence of a stimulus 1014  
Spontaneous 304 30.0
Induced 710 70.0
Origin of pain a 907  
Cold 746 82.3
Heat 187 20.6
Sugar 184 20.3
Air 253 27.9
Duration of pain 1013  
Short 761 75.1
Permanent 57 5.6
Persistent 195 19.3
Frequency of pain 1016  
Rare 332 32.7
Occasional 469 46.1
Frequent 215 21.2
Oral habits affected by ST:
Tooth brushing 1015  
 Yes 234 23.1
 No 781 76.9
Diet 1016  
 Yes 182 17.9
 No 834 82.1
Drinks 1015  
 Yes 275 27.1
 No 740 72.9
Lifestyle changes 1013  
 Yes 68 6.7
 No 945 93.3
ST discussed with a professional 1014  
 Yes 550 54.2
With a medical doctor 28 5.1
With a dentist 513 93.3
Other 9 1.6
 No 464 45.8
Benefit from the treatment proposed by the professional 447  
 Yes 390 87.2
 No 57 12.8
Use of self-medication 979  
 Yes 266 27.2
 No 713 72.8
Benefit from the use of self-medication 256  
 Yes 197 77.0
 No 59 23.0
  1. a Non-exclusive answers to the question, i.e. multiple answers were possible