Heraeus Gluma Desensitizer

Sept. 29, 2011
An in-office application of Heraeus' Gluma Desensitizer helps reduce or eliminate sensitivity until the next patient visit.

SOUTH BEND, Indiana--Heraeus Kulzer, a leader in advancing dental esthetics and dental wellbeing, has stated that Gluma Desensitizer can be an effective solution for patients who experience dentin hypersensitivity but choose not to use a desensitizing toothpaste.

According to the Academy of General Dentistry, more than 40 million Americans suffer from dentin hypersensitivity. Furthermore, at an international dental conference in Malta, it was recently reported that one-third of adults have sensitive teeth, and that 75% of these adults do not use a desensitizing toothpaste or do so only infrequently.

In fact, an AGD survey indicates that 17.1% of patients with dentin hypersensitivity not only do not use a desensitizing toothpaste, they avoid brushing the sensitive area of the mouth altogether.

In addition to wanting to avoid the pain associated with brushing, other reasons people with dentin hypersensitivity refuse to use desensitizing toothpastes could include the taste and premium prices of the products, questions about the products’ efficacy, and increasing time constraints being experienced by many patients.

Fortunately, Gluma Desensitizer and Gluma Desensitizer PowerGel make it possible for dentists and hygienists to offer their patients an effective and affordable in-office solution that will last from one dental exam to the next. Using Gluma on hypersensitive dentin, gingival recession or cervical erosion provides relief from sensitivity for six to nine months or longer.

“Regardless of the condition being treated, dental practices are frequently confronted with issues due to failure of patients to comply with the prescribed at-home treatment,” said Shannon Pace Brinker, CDA, CDD. “When that condition is dentin hypersensitivity, Gluma effectively treats both the condition and the frustration, and makes the clinician a star in the eyes of a very grateful patient.”

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Gluma is intendedl for use by dentists, hygienists ,and dental assistants. It is available in two forms: the original clear liquid, and the new Gluma Desensitizer PowerGel featuring a one-step gel formula that allows for greater control and accuracy during application.

PowerGel’s no-drip formula stays where it is placed, minimizing contact with soft tissue. Delivering efficacy as the original Gluma form, PowerGel also has a green-color indicator that provides visual ease of placement and rinse-clean capability. Both Gluma forms require no mixing, curing or repetitive steps, and can be used with bonding and restorative materials.

With a cost to the clinician of roughly one dollar per treatment, Gluma can help generate a profit for the practice.

For more information, visit www.heraeusdentalusa.com.

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