An important part of a patient’s first visit to a dental office is the examination of the head and neck. The doctor will evaluate to see if these tissues are normal or if there are any conditions requiring further investigation. This includes an examination of the soft tissues of the head and neck, as well as the inside of the mouth. This will be performed thoroughly and systematically to ensure that no parts are missed. If an abnormality is seen, the clinician will note details such as the type, size, color, location, surface texture, and consistency of the abnormality. Proper referral will be given to the patient based on the finding for further evaluation.