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:
high sensitivity to bright light
difficulty swallowing
reduced mental clarity
having trouble concentrating
occasional confusion/disorientation
numb/burning/tingling extremities
frequent 'chills'
nausea for 1-3 months
excessive thirst
regular unexplained nausea
hyperactivity
loss of appetite
... 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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