The oral cavity is divided into two parts: the vestibule and the mouth. The vestibule is composed of the space between the lips and cheeks and the teeth. The mouth is that space enclosed by the soft palate, teeth, gums, alveoli, and oropharyngeal isthmus. Structures that lie within the mouth include the tongue, the opening of the parotid (Stensen’s) duct, the opening of the submaxillary (Wharton’s) duct, and a series of openings of the sublingual (Rivinus) ducts. The intraoral surface is lined by a mucous membrane of stratified squamous epithelium that is responsive to and affected by the elevated hormones of pregnancy.
KeywordsEstrogen Folate Progesterone Bismuth Candida
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