Amaze Your Friends With Four Amusing Mouth Facts!Grandview Dental | July 22, 2013
DID YOU KNOW THAT THE WORD “DENTIST” comes from “dent-” which is French for “tooth”? Funny thing is, as a dental office we deal with a lot more than just teeth! Why? Because the health of your teeth is tightly connected to the health of your whole mouth (and even connected to the health of your entire body).
Here are 4 fun facts about your mouth:
1. That Little Piece of Webbing
You know that little piece of webbing that connects the base of your mouth with the underside of your tongue? It’s called a frenulum. And, there’s another major one in your mouth. Can you think of where it is? That’s right… It connects your upper gums to your top lip.
2. The Oral Mucosa
There is a special kind of tissue that lines your entire mouth called the oral mucosa. In some places, such as the roof of your mouth, the oral mucosa is mixed with keratin, the strong material also found in our fingernails.
3. Your Temporomandibular Joints
Your upper and lower jaw are connected by temporomandibular joints. Most of the joints in your body only move in one direction, like your elbow. Your jaw moves up and down, side to side, AND ALSO front to back! This movement helps our molars grind our food. Move your own jaw in a circle right now. Your pet cat (a carnivore) can’t do that nearly as well as a human!
We have 3 major pairs of salivary glands, and other small salivary glands located throughout our mouths. Did you know that saliva does more than help us eat and clean our mouths? It also contains important minerals that reinforce our teeth.
Even More Fun Facts About Teeth(30 second video)
Together, We can Keep Your Teeth AND Mouth Healthy
At Grandview Dental Care we are your lifelong oral healthcare provider, we do more than just check your teeth. We are very interested in your gum health, the alignment and balance of your jaw, and early signs of problems like oral cancer in the soft tissues of your mouth and throat.
Thank you for the trust you place our Columbus, Ohio dental office. We deeply appreciate it.
Remember, if you ever have any questions about your teeth, mouth, or gums we’re here to help—so please ask us! We look forward to seeing you the next time you visit our dental office.