Exam Components

The key to a successful oral exam is to be systematic. It can be performed in any clinical setting with readily available equipment and supplies.

Observe these features:

  • Face and neck
  • Gums
  • Teeth: all surfaces, including the front, back, and top surfaces
  • Eruption sequence of teeth
  • Tongue
  • Palate and posterior pharynx
  • Hygiene

Palpate neck for adenopathy, temporomandibular joint for mobility and floor of mouth for masses.