The Oral Examination


This course addresses how to perform consistent and thorough oral examinations of children and adults. Clinicians will learn to differentiate between normal and abnormal findings, and develop an awareness of the examination needs of special populations.

Educational Objectives for the Oral Examination Course are:

  • Describe basic oral anatomy and characteristics of healthy teeth.
  • Demonstrate proper use of readily available equipment to perform an oral examination on adults, infants, and children.
  • Perform a consistent, thorough, and nonthreatening oral examination of infants and children.
  • Perform a consistent and thorough oral, face, and neck examination of adults.
  • Be able to differentiate between normal and abnormal findings.
  • Develop awareness of  challenges involved in the examination of special populations.

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This course takes approximately one hour to complete. Each clinical case takes about 10 minutes.


All authors involved in producing the content of this course have indicated they have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Course Steering Committee Editors

  • Mark E. Deutchman, M.D.
  • Hugh Silk, M.D.

Dental Consultant

  • Joanna M. Douglass, B.D.S., D.D.S.

Smiles for Life Editors

  • Karlynn Sievers, M.D.
  • Melinda Clark, M.D.

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Last Modified:
November 2021

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