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MENDONCA, Teresa Cristina. Dental mutilation: rural workers' concepts of responsibility for tooth loss. Cad. Saúde Pública [online]. 2001, vol.17, n.6, pp. 1545-1547. ISSN 1678-4464.

Brazilian oral hygiene institutions have promoted tooth extraction as a dental health practice. This article investigates the issue of dental loss within a rural drought area in the State of Bahia. Based on verbal information provided by local inhabitants, the author investigates dental extraction as perceived by the community, i.e., as a commonplace fact. The main goal is to analyze both representations of the oral cavity based on individual experiences and their associations with oral care practices, derived from the social reality in which they are immersed. The author considers the issues of both individual responsibility and that of government agencies and dentists.

Palabras clave : Mouth Rehabilitation; Oral Health; Dentistry; Tooth Loss.

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