Use the following items to perform a proper oral examination on an adult, infant, or child:

  • Good light source
  • Gloves
  • Tongue blade
    • Improves visualization
  • Gauze
    • Allows examiner to grasp and manipulate the tongue securely
    • Helps remove plaque to properly examine gums and teeth
  • Mouth mirror visualizes lingual surfaces of anterior teeth
    • Useful for visualization, but is not necessary
Mark Deutchman, MD
Mark Deutchman, MD