Examine both the hard and soft tissues, including the lips, gums, teeth, tongue, cheeks, and palate.
Examine closely along the gum line for plaque and dental caries at any stage of progression, such as a white spot lesions or cavitation.
What to Look For
A thorough examination requires lifting the upper lip and lowering the bottom lip to check along the gum line. Look for the following:
Document all findings and refer children with abnormalities to a dental provider.