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

Published: January 31, 2013 | 10.15766/mep_2374-8265.9335

Included in this publication:

  • Oral-Anatomy Course 1 PACT.ppt
  • PACT Instructor Guide.doc

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This resource on basic oral anatomy contains a PowerPoint reviewing key anatomic structures in the mouth and typical and atypical development of these structures. It is intended to increase learners’ ability to distinguish normal oral findings from abnormal ones and to communicate that information to families and other health professionals to aid in education and provision of care. Educators can download the module for presentation in a didactic lecture/discussion format or assign learners to study it on their own. It is a part of Protecting All Children’s Teeth (PACT), a series created by the American Academy of Pediatrics 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 communicating with dental professionals. PACT has been used since 2007 by physicians in training at various medical schools and residency levels, as well as by those in clinical practice.


Educational Objectives

Upon completion of this resource, 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.

Author Information

  • Melinda B. Clark, MD: Albany Medical College
  • David Krol, MD, MPH: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

None to report. 

The web-design of the PACT program was funded by the AAP Oral health Initiative, with support from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB).

Prior Presentations
None to report.


Clark M, Krol D. Protecting all children's teeth (PACT): basic oral anatomy. MedEdPORTAL. 2013;9:9335. https://doi.org/10.15766/mep_2374-8265.9335

This publication is co-sponsored by the American Dental Education Association.