Protecting All Children's Teeth (PACT): Basic Oral Anatomy

Publication ID Published Version
9335 January 31, 2013 9


Protecting All Children's Teeth (PACT) was created by the AAP Oral Health Initiative to educate medical students, residents, pediatric primary care providers, and others interested in infant, child, and adolescent health about the importance of oral health in overall health. The curriculum provides in depth coverage of child oral health, oral health guidance, and preventive care to increase comfort in recognizing dental disease and conditions and communicate with dental professionals.

Knowledge of the structures of the mouth, their locations, and nomenclature is important in helping children maintain good oral health.

The Basic Oral Anatomy module increases learners ability to recognize normal from abnormal oral findings and to communicate that information to families and other health professionals to aid in education and provision of care. This PowerPoint reviews key anatomic structures in the mouth and typical and atypical development of these structures.

The PACT Oral Health Curriculum has been in use since 2007 by physicians in training at the medical school and residency levels, as well as those in clinical practice. The content has been used Pediatric, Family Medicine and Emergency Medicine physician training programs, as well as by Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, Nurses, Dentists and Dental Hygienists in training and clinical practice.

Educators can download the PowerPoint Modules for presentation in a didactic lecture/discussion format or assign learners to study them on their own using self-directed web-based access at Please note that this version is not MedEdPORTAL Peer Reviewed.


Clark M, Krol D. Protecting All Children's Teeth (PACT): Basic Oral Anatomy. MedEdPORTAL Publications; 2013. Available from:

Educational Objectives

Upon completion of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  1. Recognize and properly label oral anatomic sites.
  2. Describe the location of a tooth lesion using the correct tooth name, letter or number designation, and surface label.
  3. Recall the layers of a tooth and their basic functions.


  • PACT


  • Medical
    • Otolaryngology
      • Pediatric Otolaryngology
    • Pediatrics
    • Preventive Medicine
      • Public Health
  • Dental
    • Pediatric Dentistry
    • Preventive Dentistry


  • Knowledge for Practice
  • Patient Care
  • Practice-based Learning & Improvement

Professional Interest

  • Instructional Materials/Methods
  • Oral Health

Instructional Methods

  • Assessment
  • Independent Learning

Organ Systems

  • Gastrointestinal system

Academic Focus

  • Basic Sciences
    • Embryology & Developmental Biology
    • Gross Anatomy
    • Histology
  • Clinical Sciences
    • Clinical Exam

Intended Audience

  • Professional & Faculty Development
  • Professional School
    • Dental Student
  • Professional School Post-Graduate Training
    • Resident


  • Evaluation Tool
  • Presentation
  • Reference

Join the Conversation

Share your thoughts with other users. Please sign in to comment on this material.

Material Access

Please sign in to access this material.

Please register for an AAMC account if you do not have one.


Browse Publications

Subscribe to Our Monthly Newsletter

Receive featured content & announcements!

  • Register
  • My MedEdPORTAL
  • Contact Us
  • My MedEdPORTAL

ISSN 2374-8265