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:
preauricular node problems
frequent sore throats
back-of-neck lymph node problems
being easily excitable
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:
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process
Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis
is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.
Other than ulcers or other mouth sores, do you have any tenderness or soreness inside your mouth?
→ 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:
|Warning signs for oral cancer include unexplained mouth pain.|