A Closer Look At What’s Inside Your Mouth
Many of us wonder what is inside our mouth aside from our teeth and our tongue. We may never look closely to what is in our mouth beyond those two common things that we have seen most of the time. We may think what else we can find inside this big mouth that we have. These may put us on curiosity to find out what really is inside our mouth. We have these things in our mouth that we never recognized it’s important in our daily living. They may have a very important function in our mouth that we didn’t look into. Now, we will take a look on what are the other elements that inside this mouth that we used all the time.
Our mouth is not only made up of just a teeth and a tongue, so our cleaning in the mouth goes beyond by not just simply brushing and mouth rinses. Inside our mouth we also have our gums, oral mucosa, the upper and lower jaw, the salivary glands the uvula and the frenulum. We have also the molars, incisors, canines, palate, and the uvula.
We will now talk about our gums – these are the pinkish in color which are the tissues that surround our teeth for protection and structure. They form tight sleeves around our teeth. We will know if the gums are healthy when these are firm and it covers the entire root of our teeth. Your gums are healthy when they don’t get bleed every time you brush, poked, or prodded. Also inside our mouth is the oral mucosa, a protective lining that covers our teeth and this is the mucous membrane that similar to the lines of the nostrils and inner ears. Next is the upper and lower jaw, its gives a shape on our face and a structure in our mouth in order that we can chew and speak. Our upper jaw contains two bones that fused together and to our skull. While the lower jaw is separated from our skull and it enable to move our jaw up and to down every time we speak. We also have the molars that helps chew and grind the foods that we eat. We also have the incisors that cut the foods. Canines help rip and tear food apart with their pointy shapes. And we also have the palates on the top of our mouth.
We also have the salivary glands in our mouth also known as the saliva ducts. These are the small holes that let saliva into our mouth. We have three glands that produce saliva in our mouth these are the parotid, submandibular and sublingual glands. Our saliva contains special enzymes that help break down our food for us to be easier to swallow our food. Saliva protects our teeth and gums and rinses away food particles and bacteria. It also helps protect the enamel of our teeth from acidic food that can that may ruin the protection.
Did you ever notice the “bell-like” structure at the back of our throat? That is called the uvula which is composed of muscle fibers as well as connective and glandular tissues. Our uvula is also covered by the oral mucosa. It major role in oral health is in keeping our mouth and throat moist.
These are the elements inside our mouth. Now find more ideas on how to ensure they’re healthy, functioning and in the best condition all the time! After all, our mouth is for speaking and expressing smiles and mirth. More importantly, we use our mouth for eating and drinking the nutrients we need to be healthy and strong.