Soreness Inside The Mouth

What Causes Mouth Soreness?

Mouth soreness can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'serious' to 'generally fatal'.  Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.

Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms.  In order to diagnose mouth soreness, we could:
  • Research the topic
  • Find a doctor with the time
  • Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.

Step 1: List all Possible Causes

We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "mouth soreness" as a symptom.  Here are two possibilities:
  • Mouth Cancer
  • Mercury Toxicity

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
poorly-removed amalgams
frequent confusion/disorientation
preauricular node problems
nasal congestion
frequent sore throats
back-of-neck lymph node problems
being easily excitable
poor balance
metallic taste in mouth
having amalgam fillings
dark spots on gums
having trouble concentrating
... and more than 30 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of mouth soreness:
Cause Probability Status
Mercury Toxicity 95% Confirm
Mouth Cancer 67% Possible
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

If you indicate mouth problems, The Analyst™ will ask further questions including this one:
Other than ulcers or other mouth sores, do you have any tenderness or soreness inside your mouth?
Possible responses:
→ No / don't know
→ Yes, some tenderness/soreness
→ Yes, significant tenderness/soreness
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate mouth soreness, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
Mouth Cancer

Warning signs for oral cancer include unexplained mouth pain.