• Vol. 33 No. 4 (Suppl), 27S–30S
  • 31 July 2004

Oral Mucosal Immunology: An Overview

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ABSTRACT

The primary function of the immune system of the mouth is to protect the teeth, jaws, gingivae and oral mucosa against infection. These host defences vary in the different oral microenvironments or domains represented by the oral mucosa, saliva and gingival crevice. This review aims to consider and contrast the main immune components in each domain and cites examples of oral diseases where the immune response is defective.


The primary function of the immune system of the mouth is to protect the teeth, jaws, gingivae and the rest of the oral mucosa against infection. The oral immune system is part of an extensive and specialised compartmentalised mucosa-associated lymphoid tissue (MALT).

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