PREVIOUS QUESTION:

 

NEXT QUESTION:

 

How can I examine my mouth regularly for my oral health?

ANSWER

Become familiar with the appearance of your own mouth and teeth through frequent examination. This way, you will be able to catch any changes at an early stage and have these changes examined by a dentist. Look for the development of any spots, lesions, cuts, swellings, or growths on your gums, tongue, cheeks, inside of your lips, and floor and roof of your mouth. Examine your teeth for any signs of chipping or cracking, discoloration, and looseness. If you experience a change in your bite or develop pain, call your dentist as soon as possible. An oral exam is particularly important to conduct if you are a tobacco user, since you are at an increased risk of developing oral cancer.

From: Your Oral Health Care Plan WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCE: American Dental Association.

Reviewed by Alfred D. Wyatt Jr. on June 01, 2018

SOURCE: American Dental Association.

Reviewed by Alfred D. Wyatt Jr. on June 01, 2018

NEXT QUESTION:

How often should I visit my dentist for my oral health?

WAS THIS ANSWER HELPFUL

THIS TOOL DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. It is intended for general informational purposes only and does not address individual circumstances. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment and should not be relied on to make decisions about your health. Never ignore professional medical advice in seeking treatment because of something you have read on the WebMD Site. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your doctor or dial 911.

    This tool does not provide medical advice. See additional information.

    Other Answers On: