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

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Presentation, Evaluation Tool, Reference 9335 1 January 31, 2013


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.


Clark M, Krol D. Protecting All Children's Teeth (PACT): Basic Oral Anatomy. MedEdPORTAL; 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
    • Pediatric Otolaryngology
    • Pediatrics
    • Preventive Medicine
    • Public Health


  • Dental
    • Clinical Exam
    • Continuing Dental Education
    • Gross Anatomy
    • Histology
    • Pediatric Dentistry
    • Preventive Dentistry

Competencies Addressed

  • Medical
    • Medical Knowledge
    • Practice-based Learning & Improvement
  • Dental
    • Preclinical & Clinical Skills

Academic Focus

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

Professional Interest

  • Instructional Materials/Methods
  • Oral Health

Organ Systems

  • Gastrointestinal system

Intended Audience

  • Continuing Education
    • Category 1 Credit
  • Professional & Faculty Development
  • Professional School
    • Dental Student
  • Professional School Post-Graduate Training
    • Resident

Instructional Methods

  • Assessment
  • Independent Study

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