A complete oral examination should be part of every routine visit, beginning at 6 months of age.
For a thorough examination, you need:
- A good light source
- A good look at the patient's mouth.
A tongue depressor improves visualization of mouth surfaces.
A knee-to-knee examination is often best for an infant or small child.
To perform this exam, sit down facing the parent, knee to knee, with the child sitting on the parent’s lap facing the parent. Then have the child lie back onto your lap.