The human mouth: oral functions in a social complexity perspective.


In the dental and medical literature, the mouth and oral functions are usually presented in a biomedical context. However, there may be a need for a broader perspective if we are to appreciate the importance of the human mouth as an organ with diverse functions. The paradigm of complexity appears to be of relevance in our understanding the social and psychological characteristics of the human mouth in addition to its biological functions. Examples such as the pleasures of taste, social aspects of eating, the importance of linguistics and communication are illustrations of some of the social and psychological aspects of oral functions. Professional knowledge related to such issues is important in our understanding the patient's priorities and in performing the relevant diagnosis and treatment planning.

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@article{Eriksen2003TheHM, title={The human mouth: oral functions in a social complexity perspective.}, author={Harald M. Eriksen and Vladimir Dimitrov}, journal={Acta odontologica Scandinavica}, year={2003}, volume={61 3}, pages={172-7} }