Oral submucous fibrosis (OSMF) is a potentially malignant disorder that primarily affects any part of the oral cavity and sometimes the pharynx. The disease is chronic, insidious and progressive in nature. A journal is a periodical publication intended to further progress of science, usually by reporting new research. Most journals are highly specialized, although some of the oldest This generalized condition of the mouth eventually becomes a debilitating disease with mucosal rigidity causing discomfort, burning and limitation of opening of the mouth. People with OSMF carry a high risk for development of oral cancer. OSMF is predominantly found among the people of South Asia and is closely associated with the habit of betel quid chewing. Several case control studies show evidence that areca nut, a constituent of betel quid, greatly contributes towards exaggerating the occurrence of OSMF.
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