Do I Have Sensitivity?

Just got finished with a patient’s hygiene examination.

I asked if they had any questions before I left, and they proceeded to ask:

“How do I know if I have sensitivity?”

Thinking they were going to be more specific, or ask about maybe WHAT things may cause sensitivity, they were asking me how THEY knew if they had sensitivity.

I mean it’s not like sensitivity is a secret cancer that stays silent and has no symptoms until it’s too late.

You eat ice, say OOOO that’s cold, and boom. You have sensitivity.

So I replied “Well do your teeth feel cold when you drink cold drinks?”


“Do your teeth feel hot when you drink coffee?”


“Do they ache when you brush your teeth?”


“. . . Ok. Then it doesn’t sound like they are sensitive?”

Common sense people. .

Patients. .

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