Throughout the exam, reinforce good hygiene practices or teach parents and children where they can do a better job.
- Lift the upper and lower lip to view the gums and anterior surfaces of the teeth.
- Use a tongue depressor or gauze pad to help hold the lips.
- Note the state of oral hygiene including gums, plaque, brown spots, or frank caries.
- Closely inspect the gum line—a high risk area for dental caries with plaque and tartar build up.