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.

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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 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:
gums that bleed very easily
being easily excitable
moderate cold water fish consumption
past amalgam filling removal
minor joint pain/swelling/stiffness
diminished perspiration
vision disturbances
being an unsocial person
having amalgam fillings
angry/hostile disposition
very tender muscles
frequent confusion/disorientation
... 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
Mouth Cancer 99% Confirm
Mercury Toxicity 54% 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:
Do you have any tenderness, soreness or open sores inside your mouth that have been present for over 2 weeks? Do not include Mouth Ulcers or known injuries.
Possible responses:
→ No / ulcers/injuries / under 2 weeks / don't know
→ Yes, mild mouth tenderness/soreness/sores
→ Yes, significant mouth tenderness/soreness/sores
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate either chronic mild mouth soreness/sores or chronic mouth soreness/sores, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
Mouth Cancer

Warning signs for oral cancer include unexplained mouth pain or open sore(s) in the mouth that don't go away within a week or two.

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