The human body is an amazing creation; it seems like science is always discovering some new, mind-boggling fact about the way we’re built. While we could easily spend hours discussing all the cool things that make us function, today we’re just going to focus on the part of the body that we know best — the mouth. Your dentist in Ephrata is here to take you on a brief tour of this fascinating orifice.
The Lips and Cheeks
Did you know that your lips are one of the most sensitive parts of your body? That makes them great for kissing, but they do so much more than let you say “I love you.” They play a big role in your facial expressions, and they’re necessary for keeping food in your mouth while you enjoy your food. They’re also important for clear speech. Cheeks are also necessary for speaking and facial expressions.
Your tongue is home to roughly 10,000 taste receptors that enable you to enjoy every sip of coffee, every bite of cake, and all the crunchy deliciousness of a fresh salad. But it does even more. This powerful group of muscles is essential for speaking and swallowing as well.
Most adults have between 28 and 32 teeth (depending on if they’ve had their wisdom teeth removed). These little marvels aren’t made of bone; their enamel is harder than bone, and they don’t have the same ability to heal themselves as the rest of the skeletal structure. The teeth help you chew food and speak clearly. They’re also responsible for helping you maintain the lovely shape of your face.
Most people don’t give much thought to their gums, but this pink tissue is super important! It protects the sensitive roots of your teeth from being experienced to things that could harm them and cause you pain. Your gums also help to prevent harmful bacteria in your mouth from sneaking into the rest of your body and causing serious health problems.
The Salivary Glands
You have six glands that produce saliva, which is the unsung hero of the human mouth. This substance, made up of water, mucus, electrolytes, and a few other components, helps in the first stages of the digestive process. It also aids in rinsing away food particles and bacteria that might otherwise cling to your teeth and cause decay.
Your Mouth in Action
All the parts of your mouth, including ones we didn’t mention here, have to work together in order for you to enjoy a healthy, attractive smile. When something goes wrong with one of these parts, the others may suffer, which is why it is so important to keep up with good oral hygiene and regular dental visits.
You have a marvelous mouth! We hope you appreciate it and do all you can to keep it in good shape.
Drs. Sean Moriarty and Suzanne Ahnquist work together in our practice to provide excellent care to every patient who walks through our doors. If you have any concerns about your oral health, please contact our office at 717-733-1088.