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1. Introduction to Oral Health

1. Introduction to Oral Health

The FDI, Dental World Federation, definition for Oral Health is:

Oral health is multi-faceted and includes the ability to speak, smile, smell, taste, touch, chew, swallow, and convey a range of emotions through facial expressions with confidence and without pain, discomfort, and disease of the craniofacial complex.


This has moved from a disease-centric focus of previous definitions and concepts to a wider and more enhanced definition. This definition elevates oral health to a policy influencer and also a human rights issue.


Oral health influences all areas of lifestyle such as physical, mental, physiological and social.


The tooth, the tongue and the mouth and every component of the buccal cavity play roles in assessing the oral health status of an individual.

The tooth is probably the major player of all the components.


The oral cavity is the beginning point of the digestive system in mammals and one of the major roles of the tooth is that it is used in mechanical processing of anything that goes into the mouth especially food.

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