I always know my regular patients like me when I sit down to do a routine examination, a checkup. How? They stick out their tongues! Quite a lot if not most stick their tongues out at me as soon as I ask them to open their mouths for a look. You see, I have them "trained". They know the first thing I do is look for oral cancer and stick your tongue out at theoakvilledentist.comone of the places I need to look is under their tongues. I have to hold and lift it up and look. I love it when they stick out their tongues because they are paying attention and know how important this is. This is one of the most important parts of a dental examination: looking at the soft tissues ( not just teeth) for any signs of disease. I need to look for anything out of the ordinary from cankers to growths and decide if there is an anomoly, and if there is, is it a passing harmless one or something more ominous. Looking at the teeth comes afterwards in my dental exams.
So stick out your tongue at your dentist and make him smile!