function of oral mucosa

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    What is the function of oral mucosa ?


    • It is protective mechanically against both compressive and shearing forces associated with mastication.
    • It provides a barrier to microorganisms, toxins and various antigens.
    • It has a role in immunological defence, both humoral and cell-mediated.
    • Salivary glands within the oral mucosa secrete saliva which has many functions, including lubrication and buffering activity, as well as providing some antibodies.
    • The viscoelastic mucous film also acts as a barrier, helping to retain water and electrolytes.
    • The oral mucosa is richly innervated, providing
    sensory inputs associated with the modalities of touch, proprioception, pain and taste.

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