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Oral mucosa, saliva, and speech 

Oral mucosa, saliva, and speech
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Oral mucosa, saliva, and speech
Author(s):

Hugh Devlin

and Rebecca Craven

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198759782.003.0003
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date: 21 July 2019

Oral mucosa, saliva, and speech in relation to dentistry are the topics in this chapter. The chapter starts with the normal structure and function of oral mucosa, leading on to a discussion of problems in normal physiology leading to ulceration and to oral precancer and carcinoma. This is followed by a consideration of saliva, its production and properties, and important issues arising from lack of saliva. Swallowing, its phases and control and dental relevance, are next discussed. The concluding section deals with speech, vocalization, phonation, and articulation together with problems of dental relevance, that may arise.

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