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?”

“No.”

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

“No.”

“Do they ache when you brush your teeth?”

“No.”

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

Common sense people. .

Patients. .

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