Utilising daily diaries to examine oral health experiences associated with dentine hypersensitivity

PORRITT, Jenny, SUFI, Farzana and BAKER, Sarah (2016). Utilising daily diaries to examine oral health experiences associated with dentine hypersensitivity. BMC Oral Health, 16 (1).

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Abstract

Background: The current investigation examined the determinants of oral health experiences associated with dentine hypersensitivity using prospective diary methodology. Methods: Staff and students from a large UK university who had self-diagnosed dentine hypersensitivity completed an online daily diary and text survey for two weeks recording their mood, oral health-related coping behaviours, coping and pain appraisals, pain experiences and functional limitations. Cross sectional and lagged path analyses were employed to examine relationships. Results: 101 participants took part in the diary study. Participants had a mean age of 26.3 years (range=18-63) and most were female (N=69). Individuals who used more oral health-related coping behaviours predicted and experienced greater levels of pain on subsequent days. Negative mood also predicted worse pain outcomes. The daily diary method provided a useful avenue for investigating variations in oral health experiences and relationships between variables that can fluctuate daily. Conclusions: Psychological variables such as coping and mood play an important role in the pain experiences of people with dentine hypersensitivity. The study highlights the benefits of using prospective methods to elucidate the experiences of people with oral conditions

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Psychology Research Group
Identification Number: 10.1186/s12903-016-0286-9
Depositing User: Jenny Porritt
Date Deposited: 26 Aug 2016 09:54
Last Modified: 02 Dec 2016 18:00
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/13306

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