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It all began last night, when my daughter asked me to describe the roof of my mouth.

"Er, ordinary?" I replied.

Unsatisfied, she demanded ocular proof, and on examining my hard palate cried "Aha!" in a very significant tone. By this she meant, it turned out, that it was like her own - i.e. that my hard palate was markedly concave, and that any homunculus who might find themselves wandering around on my tongue would find themselves staring up at it as at the vaulted roof of a gothic cathedral.

"Isn't that normal?" I asked, confused. It occurred to me that at no point in my life had the subject come up.

According to her boyfriend (himself the offspring and brother of doctors) it is not normal: most hard palates run pretty horizontally back from the top of the teeth. Indeed, people with "high-arched palate" (for it is graced with the title of "condition") are prone to all kinds of minor annoyances, from crowded teeth to sleep apnea - to both of which I plead guilty.

I felt a bit like Molière's bourgeois gentilhomme on discovering that he had been speaking prose all his life, or perhaps Tony Hancock on being informed that he was AB negative. But even now, I'm not sure whether this is an unusual thing. I can find nothing on the internet about the incidence of HAP (as I feel I must call it). Is it really rare, or is it on a par with being left-handed, say?

Of course, what I'm really asking is, what's the roof of your mouth like?
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Mine seems to be concave too. Well I never!

Do people really have a flat roof to their mouths? Mine is neither totally concave nor flat. It's basically concave but with a kind of rounded rib running from above the front teeth to the back of the palate.

Make of that what you will.

I find it hard to believe in a totally flat palate, but the fact that "high-arched palate" is a thing convinces me there must be degrees. Of course, it's hard be sure what degree of concavity takes one over the border into pathology.

Mine sounds decidedly "normal," but I will have to investigate my partner's!

Definitely concave. I'll have to ask around now!