Medical Orofacial Surgery
Medical-Dental Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Gleneagles

Oral Self Examination

Modified Oral Self Examination Techniques by Dr Victor Fan

Wash your hands and look in front of a mirror with good lighting. Do the following 10 steps in a

systematic fashion from the lips, cheeks, tongue, floor and roof of mouth looking for any abnormalities:

Lips Step 1 and 2: Lift up upper and pull down lower lip to look right inside the fold

Cheeks Step 3 and 4: Stretch open right / left cheek to look inside to the furthest corner

Tongue Step 5,6 and 7: Stretch out tongue to check the left and right and under-surface

Floor of mouth Step8: Lift tongue up to check floor of mouth

Palate Step 9 and 10: Tilt head back to check palate and say “arrh…” to check soft palate

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