Sensitive Teeth

What Causes Sensitive Teeth?

Sensitive teeth can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'minor' to 'serious'.  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 sensitive teeth, 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 "sensitive teeth" as a symptom.  Here are two possibilities:
  • Mercury Toxicity
  • Bruxism

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:
back-of-neck lymph node problems
frequent confusion/disorientation
moving white lines across nails
heavily coated tongue
poor balance
showers cause fatigue
severe vision disturbances
slight tongue swelling
preauricular node problems
bulging eyes
unexplained missed periods
metallic taste in mouth
... 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 sensitive teeth:
Cause Probability Status
Mercury Toxicity 96% Confirm
Bruxism 52% 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.

In the Mouth/Oral Symptoms section of the questionnaire, The Analyst™ will ask the following question about sensitive teeth:
Are your teeth sensitive or tender?
Possible responses:
→ No / don't know
→ One or two teeth, occasionally
→ One or two teeth often / several occasionally
→ One or two teeth most of the time / several often
→ Several teeth, most or all of the time
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate slightly sensitive teeth, sensitive teeth or very sensitive teeth, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
Bruxism (Clenching/Grinding Teeth)

Many people are unaware that they clench or grind their teeth while asleep.  Signs can include sensitive or even chipped teeth.

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