Introduction to dental anatomy this continuing education course is intended for dental students and dental hygiene students maintaining the teeth in a state of health is of utmost importance for complete digestion and nutrition not only do the teeth serve several functions in the chewing process but they also affect our speech and appearance. 1 introduction to dental anatomy dental anatomy is defined here as but is not limited to the study of the development morphology function and identity of each of the teeth in the human dentitions as well as the way in which the teeth relate in shape form structure color and function to the other teeth in the same dental arch and to the teeth in the opposing arch. Introduction to dental anatomy 6 palatine tonsils gingivalabial frenum uvula tongue teeth cheek floor of the mouth palate roof of the mouth the oral cavity 7 the teeth are arranged in the mouth in two arches termed dental arches 1 upper dental arch carry the upper teeth and termed maxillary arch 2 lower dental arch carry the lower
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