Space Dentistry: Longer Duration Manned Missions

Balwant Rai Assoc. Professor

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Extraterrestrial environments can have a significant impact on the physiological and psychological well being of astronauts including oral health and the acclimatization of astronauts to these conditions is of utmost importance. The new disciplines of aeronautical and space dentistry are a specialized branches of dentistry which deal with the study of oro-dental factors in aeronautical and extraterrestrial environments.

This article reviews the possible effects of space environments on the oral cavity, dental emergencies during space missions and the role of dental emergency kits.