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

Publication ID Published Volume
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;9:9335.

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

Prior Scholarly Dissemination

The entire Protecting All Children’s Teeth (PACT) curriculum was peer reviewed by members, both dental and physician, of the AAP Section on Oral Health. It also undergoes annual peer-review by the AAP when substantial updates occur and prior to CME approval.

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