The anatomy of the mouth is a complex thing. It has soft and hard tissues that make it possible for us to talk and eat. Here is a brief overview of the anatomy of the mouth and how you can specifically care for each area.
We know the mouth includes our teeth and tongue, but do you know what all the mouth consists of? In this article, we’ll provide you with a basic overview of the main components within the mouth. BetterHealth lists the main structures of the mouth to include:
When cleaning your mouth each day, there are a few areas that you need to focus on. Those are the teeth, gums, and tongue.
When you brush your teeth, make sure you are taking your time to thoroughly clean the surface of each tooth. You should be holding your toothbrush at a 45 degree angle towards your gums, gently going in circular motions to brush the surfaces of each tooth clean. However, when brushing, you don’t want to directly brush your gums, because they are easily susceptible to injury. You should be brushing your teeth when you wake up and before you go to bed, for two minutes each time.
Your gums need to stay healthy to keep your entire mouth healthy. The key part to taking care of your gums is by keeping your teeth clean. Brushing your teeth correctly can help prevent gum infections, cavities, and even tooth loss. The University of Rochester Medical Center explains that gum disease is caused by bacteria found in plaque, which is a sticky film that forms on the teeth made up of bacteria, food, and other particles. If you don’t clean plaque from your teeth with proper brushing, it will harden and form into tartar, which can cause inflammation and infection of the gums. At this point, you will have to have help from your dentist or dental hygienist.
Your tongue is also a breeding ground for bacteria, and while not all bacteria is bad, when bad bacteria accumulates it can lead to further oral health conditions and even oral thrush, which is a yeast infection found on the tongue. All you have to do is gently brush your tongue each time you brush your teeth and that is enough to keep your tongue clean.
If you’re not sure if your mouth is properly cleaned at the moment or if you want to learn more about the anatomy of your mouth, contact our team at Mountain Aire Dentistry today for an appointment. Our team is passionate about helping you achieve optimal oral health and giving you a smile you’re proud of. Call us today: (303)-731-7755.