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Oral cavity and gut 

Oral cavity and gut
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Oral cavity and gut
Author(s):

Hugh Devlin

and Rebecca Craven

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198759782.003.0001
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date: 25 January 2020

The oral cavity and gut in relation to dentistry are the topics in this chapter. A brief summary of tooth development and eruption is followed by a description of the dental and supporting tissues. Throughout the clinical implications are highlighted. Consideration of dental caries and aspects of its prevention follow. The digestive tract is then followed with a discussion of digestion and co-ordination at each stage. Finally, diet and nutritional requirements are explored, together with common problems that are especially relevant to dentistry.

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