The Oral Cavity: A Study of the Development, Anatomy and Histology of the Oral Cavity

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8428 February 23, 2011 7


This is a concise, yet comprehensive review of the oral cavity intended for dental students, medical students, and residents who are preparing for the board examinations. The cogent 20-minute narrated tutorial, and accompanying PowerPoint slides describes embryonic development and the maturation of the oral cavity into structures of the adult oral cavity, providing a full review of the oral cavity development, anatomy, and histology. An anatomical review of the oral cavity is followed by a detailed histological review of the structures of the oral cavity. The presentation maybe used in private or in the lecture hall as it has been designed with the new generation of students’ learning preferences in mind: concise dissemination of knowledge in a format that is conducive to anytime, anywhere learning. Original images provided in the presentation may be adapted for use in a variety of educational settings to increase discussion and foster a comprehensive review.


Parker J, Lee L. The oral cavity: a study of the development, anatomy and histology of the oral cavity. MedEdPORTAL Publications. 2011;7:8428.

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Educational Objectives

By the end of this session, learners will be able to:

  1. Describe the development of the oral cavity and associated anatomical structures.
  2. Distinguish structures of the embryonic vs. adult oral cavities.
  3. Differentiate and name structures associated with the oral cavity as seen in histological images.


  • Mouth, Tongue, Teeth, Palate, Salivary Glands, Tonsils

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