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The oral cavity 

The oral cavity
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The oral cavity
Author(s):

Anita Sengupta

and Anthony Giles

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199543588.003.0002
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date: 23 August 2019

Chapter 2 discusses the oral cavity which comprises the lips anteriorly, the cheeks laterally, the pillars of fauces posteriorly, the hard and soft palate superiorly, and the floor of mouth inferiorly. The contents of the oral cavity include the alveolar processes, the teeth, the tongue, and the ducts of the major and minor salivary glands. The anatomy of these structures will be discussed in more detail in the following sections. The major functions of the oral cavity are communication (verbal and non-verbal), nutrition, and respiration. The role of various structures in these major functions will also be discussed in greater detail in the following sections.

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