The word "oral" is used when discussing things done with or for the mouth.

  • A routine oral examination is done by a dentist who checks for cancer or other diseases of the mouth.
  • Brushing and flossing your teeth daily is necessary for good oral hygiene.
  • Nadine needs oral surgery to fix something that’s wrong with a tooth.
  • It’s said that some people who like to smoke or are always chewing gum have an oral fixation. (That means they need to have something in their mouth.)
  • People who don’t like injections might prefer to have medicine administered orally. (The word "orally" is an adverb.)
  • An oral presentation is a requirement in some English classes. (Students have to give a speech.)
  • The teacher is going to give an oral quiz to students today. (The students listen to the teacher’s questions and write answers on paper.)
  • Vanessa is preparing for her orals this week. (oral tests)


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November 17, 2015