Tooth Discoloration Or Pitting

What Causes Tooth Discoloration?

Tooth discoloration can have various causes, just like most other symptoms.  Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.

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Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms.  In order to diagnose tooth discoloration, 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 "tooth discoloration" as a symptom.  For example, fluorosis.

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:
major joint pain/swelling/stiffness
nausea for 1-3 months
having trouble concentrating
weak appetite
severe vision disturbances
shortness of breath when at rest
sensitivity to bright light
occasional 'chills'
deep chest pain
difficulty swallowing
severe muscle weakness
... and so on

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of tooth discoloration.

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.

In the Mouth/Oral Symptoms section of the questionnaire, The Analyst™ will ask the following question about tooth discoloration or pitting:
Other than dental cavities, are there any white chalky spots, brown stains, or areas of pitting on your teeth?
Possible responses:
→ Don't know
→ No, definitely not
→ Yes, on some teeth
→ Yes, on most teeth
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate no tooth staining or pitting, some tooth staining or pitting or much tooth staining or pitting, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as Fluoride Toxicity.
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