Fluorescence of Tissues in the Oral Cavity
Understanding the biological mechanisms underlying the fluorescence of tissues inside the mouth.
- A. The layering of the mucous membrane of the oral cavity
The oral mucosa is essentially composed of a stratified squamous epithelium (surface side) overlying a connective tissue (called stroma or lamina propria) from which it is separated through a basement membrane. Collagen, blood capillaries and lymphatic capillaries are in the stroma. At the base of the stroma, there is a sub-mucosa. Keratin is also present in the mucosa…