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Our Endodontist, Dr. Orapin Horst’s Article on Oralfacial Pain on the cover of JADA

Posted by on May 4, 2016 in Dental Problems, News

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Our very own Endodontist,  Dr. Orapin Horst along with her research colleagues published their research findings on facial pain in the 2015 October edition of the prestigious JADA magazine, (JADA 146(10) October 2015).

The study found that, orofacial pain affects a 1/4 of the US population, at a staggering cost of $32 billion per year!
One in 6 patients experience orofacial pain in their lifetime.
In this study about 16% complained of orofacial pain ( about 9% due to teeth reasons, 6.6% due to muscles and ligament in the facial region, and the rest were non-specific).
Orofacial pain typically decreased with age, with the lowest reported in patients 65 and older.
Pain due to teeth were also shown to decrease with age, with the lowest reported in patients 65 and older.
Pain the in muscles and ligaments were reported 3 times more in women!
Patients that had teeth and were found to have significant wear on their teeth (wearing down of the teeth to a point that the cusp tips are flattened) were more likely to have pain in their muscles and ligaments of the face.