Knee-to-Knee Oral Exam 1

Small children are best examined while lying down. For infants and toddlers, the knee-to-knee oral examination allows you to carefully examine the child's teeth with assistance from a caregiver.

  1. Start by having the caregiver hug the child for reassurance.
  2. Position the child so his or her legs straddle the caregiver. The child can also sit sidesaddle across the caregiver's lap.

Child is held facing caregiver in a straddle position

Mark Deutchman, MD
Mark Deutchman, MD