Dentin Hypersensitivity and Health Satisfaction mediated by the presence of physical and psychosocial impact of oral conditions

a pathway analysis


  • Rayssa Soares Barbosa Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais
  • Anna Rachel dos Santos Soares Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais
  • Aline Araújo Sampaio Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais
  • Walison Arthuso Vasconcellos Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais
  • Loliza Luiz Figueiredo Houri Chalub Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais
  • Raquel Conceição Ferreira Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais



Dentin sensitivity, Quality of life, Epidemiology, Oral health, Patient reported outcome measures


Aim: Dentin Hypersensitivity (DH) is a painful condition that affects the Oral Health-related Quality of Life and can affect the satisfaction with health of individuals who have it. This study aimed to investigate the direct association mediated by the presence of physical and psychosocial impacts of oral conditions between DH and satisfaction with health among adults.

Methods: A cross-sectional study was carried out between 2018-2019 with a probabilistic sample consisting of a cluster of adults living in Rio Acima (MG). Interviews and epidemiological examinations were performed using calibrated tests. The dependent variable of satisfaction with health was assessed using the WHOQoL-bref question “How satisfied are you with your health?” Participants’ answers were categorized between “satisfied” and “dissatisfied”. The independent DH variable was assessed by tactile stimulation in the cervical region of the teeth. The presence of physical and psychosocial impacts of oral conditions was defined by the answers “farly often” or “very often” to at least one of the OHIP-14 items. Covariates were sociodemographic and psychological data, health behavior, oral health conditions, and use of dental services. Associations were investigated by Poisson Regression and Structural Equation Modeling (SEM) models to estimate direct and indirect associations (Stata 16).

Results: Of the 197 adults, 132 (66.18%) reported being satisfied with their health, and 73 individuals (38.75%) had DH. There was a significant association between the presence of DH and the presence of physical and psychosocial impacts of oral health (PR:1.34; 95% CI: 1.08–1.67), while for receiving the association with DH, it was not significant (PR:1 .08; 95% CI: 0.75-1.54) after including the presence of impact variables. SEM showed a non-significant direct association between DH and satisfaction, while the indirect association mediated by the presence of impact was significant.

Conclusion: Individuals with HD may report greater dissatisfaction with life when this painful experience is associated with physical or psychosocial effects.


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How to Cite

Barbosa, R. S., Soares , A. R. dos S., Sampaio , A. A., Vasconcellos , W. A., Chalub, L. L. F. H., & Ferreira, R. C. (2023). Dentin Hypersensitivity and Health Satisfaction mediated by the presence of physical and psychosocial impact of oral conditions: a pathway analysis. Arquivos Em Odontologia, 59, 73–84.




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