Syn: stomatology. The aspect of health care that focuses on the condition of the teeth, gums, tongue, buccal mucosa, palate, and the upper pharyngeal region. Diseases that can occur in this region include inflammatory and neoplastic conditions, dental caries, post-traumatic lesions, etc. Dentists and family physicians are most often engaged in dealing with problems of oral health and dental hygienists and school nurses in preserving and protecting oral health.
Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology.