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Sensitive teeth Assessment Questionnaire

Questions Your Doctor May Ask - and Why!

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Sensitive teeth. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.

It is also very important to bring an up-to-date list of all of your all medical conditions, medications including dosages, and names of numbers of any specialist you see.

Create your printable checklist by answering questions that your doctor may ask below:

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  1. How long have you had sensitive teeth?

    Why: to determine if acute or chronic.

  2. Do you brush your teeth with a hard toothbrush or brush with overly hard force?

    Why: may cause reduced tooth enamel and teeth sensitivity.

  3. Dental health?

    Why: when did you last see a dentist?, dental care routine? Known dental caries? - may suggest tooth decay, tooth abscess, gingivitis, periodontitis, Vincent's infection.

  4. Does your water supply contain fluoride?

    Why: shown to reduce prevalence of dental caries.

  5. Are you pregnant?

    Why: generalized gum swelling, gingivitis and pyogenic granulomas may be a side-effect of pregnancy.

  6. Medical history?

    Why: e.g. bulimia nervosa may be associated with teeth sensitivity due to exposure of the teeth to acid due to purging; Diabetes mellitus and Down syndrome predisposes to teeth disease.

  7. Dietary history?

    Why: may indicate Scurvy if Vitamin C deficient which may cause gums to become swollen, teeth to become loose, drop out or become misaligned; malnutrition can increase the risk of Acute ulcerative gingivitis (Vincent's infection); excessive acidic foods and carbonated drinks can lead to reduced tooth enamel and tooth sensitivity.

  8. Cigarette smoking?

    Why: increases risk of gingivitis.

  9. Illicit drug use?

    Why: e.g. cocaine use may cause decalcification of dental crowns.

  10. Gum ulceration?

    Why: may suggest acute ulcerative gingivitis (Vincent's disease).

  11. Dry mouth (xerostomia)?

    Why: e.g. diabetes, certain drugs , Sjogren's syndrome, dehydration, anemia, HIV infection, irradiation - can increase the risk of dental caries and thus gingivitis and bleeding gums.

  12. Symptoms of tooth abscess (alveolar abscess)?

    Why: e.g. constant dull ache in the jaw, which gets gradually worse and becomes throbbing in nature. Soon after the onset of the pain, a swelling appears which is very tender. There is often sweating, general malaise and loss of appetite.

  13. Symptoms of gingivitis?

    Why: e.g. tender, red, swollen and bleeding gums - Gingivitis is an inflammatory process caused by failure to remove bacteria in the form of plaque from the tooth-gum junction. Gingivitis increases the risk of tooth abscess.

  14. Symptoms of scurvy?

    Why: e.g. weakness, muscle pain, 'corkscrew hair', swollen spongy gums with bleeding and loosening of the teeth, spontaneous skin bruising, poor wound healing.

  15. Symptoms of Vincent's disease (acute ulcerative gingivitis)?

    Why: e.g. tender, red, swollen, bleeding and ulcerated gums - occurs in the malnourished person with poor dentition and also in the immunocompromised person.

  16. Symptoms of maxillary sinusitis?

    Why: e.g. facial pain and tenderness, post-nasal drip nasal obstruction, runny nose, cough, fever and bleeding nose. Infection of the maxillary sinus may cause pain in the maxillary teeth and sensitivity to heat changes and percussion.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Sensitive teeth:

The following list of conditions have 'Sensitive teeth' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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