Why Am I Sticking My Tongue Out At The Dentist?

I have been getting some hilarious looks when I ask people to stick out their tongue during hygiene exams. I'm usually met with a laser eye stare, or a hardy laugh. Some people think its awkward, some think it's the funniest thing they've done all day. I'm totally ok with the few seconds of awkward, to have a little piece of mind. This opens the dialogue to talk about oral cancer and its increase in our society today. Dentist have a unique opportunity to look at other landmarks in the mouth other than the teeth. We can spot symptoms in the mouth that could be coming from serious systemic issues. So next time you are at our office, be prepared to stick out your tongue like Miley.

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