ORAL EPITHELIUM – PART I: INTRODUCTION, ULTRASTRUCTURE AND PROLIFERATION
Author: Sanketh DS, MDS
The term oral mucosa or oral mucous membrane is used to describe the moist lining of the oral cavity. Oral mucosa is essentially made of an epithelium and an underlying connective tissue and is classified into 3 types based on its function as 1) masticatory mucosa, 2) lining mucosa and 3) specialized mucosa. The gingiva and hard palate constitute the masticatory mucosa, and bears the forces of mastication. The dorsum of the tongue forms the specialized mucosa because of the presence of taste buds which have a sensory function. The rest of the oral cavity amounting to at least 60% is lined by the lining mucosa.
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