The Human Mouth

the human mouthThe human mouth is a complex structure that we use every day. Have you ever wondered about all the parts of the mouth?  The mouth anatomy consists of jaws, teeth, gums, tongue, palate, cheeks, and lips. The mouth is the means for which food and air enters the body. The different parts of the mouth play different roles that are all important in breathing, eating, and speaking.

Lips – The soft part of tissue surrounding the boundary of the mouth.  They seal the oral cavity and contribute in behavioral expressions like kissing, talking and laughing.

Cheeks – The sidewalls of the mouth.

Teeth – Calcified structures within the lower and upper jaws which are used for chewing.

Periodontium (gums) – The supporting tissues that surround the teeth and keep them in place.

Tongue – Muscular organ that tastes food and aids in chewing and swallowing. The tongue contains many taste buds that sense sweet, sour, salty and bitter.

Jaws – The bone structure that forms the skeleton of the mouth and hold the human teeth.

Palate – The roof of the mouth that separates the mouth from the nasal cavity.  It is divided into soft and hard palate.

Salivary glands – There are 3 pairs of major salivary glands that provide our mouths with saliva. Saliva is the fluid that moistens and protects the mouth and aids in the breakdown of foods and swallowing.

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Stress Can Damage Your Mouth

stressStress can lead to damage in your body.  Stress in the mouth can cause damage to your teeth, gums and other parts of your mouth.  If you are overly stressed here are some of the issues you may notice in your mouth and how you can treat them.

Develop sores in the mouth – You might get canker sores, which are small white ulcers.  They are often a reaction to low immunity, virus or bacteria, stress, allergies or exhaustion.  If you have a canker sore, stay away from spicy and acidic food as this can irritate it more.

Gum disease – Stress or depression can cause gum disease because of large deposits of dental plaque.  To prevent gum disease, brush twice a day and rinse with an antibacterial rinse. Be sure to visit your dentist regularly.

Bruxism – Clenching and grinding your teeth subconsciously is known as bruxism. It is very often caused by stress.  It can lead to a condition called TMJ disorder.  If you have noticed that you grind your teeth, be sure to talk to your dentist. They can treat it with a mouth guard that you wear at night to avoid grinding.

Poor oral habits – If you are stressed, you may not being paying as much attention to your daily hygiene habits. If your mouth is neglected too long, you can get cavities or gum disease. Eat healthy foods and exercise to help with your oral hygiene and stress levels.

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Bacteria In Your Mouth Change When You’re Sick

A new study shows that the bacteria in21430787-bacteria your mouth change how they act when you’re sick. Marvin Whiteley, a professor of molecular biosciences at the University of Texas, led the study using supercomputers. The surprising findings might lead to better ways to prevent or even reverse gum disease, diabetes, and Chron’s disease. The main findings show that bacteria act differently when one is healthy compared to when they are diseased.  They change their metabolism. The studies show that bacteria may be manipulated to be healthy rather than harmful. To learn more about this interesting study and how it may be able to reverse diseases read the article from Medical News Today here: Supercomputers reveal that mouth bacteria can change its diet – Medical News Today.