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The mouth is amazing. It helps you breathe, speak, eat, and digest food. Understanding the parts of your mouth and knowing their purposes helps you understand the significance of oral health.

Salivary Glands
There are six salivary glands that generate saliva. Saliva is made from mostly water and a little bit of other chemicals that specialize in breaking down food, fighting bacteria, and strengthening tooth enamel.

Temporomandibular Joints
Though the name is complicated, the point of these two joints is actually very simple: to open and close the jaw. They are located at the top of the jaw on the side of the head and act as a hinge for the mouth. Because of the temporomandibular joints you can chew, swallow, and speak.

Teeth
Teeth are used to preemptively prepare food for swallowing. Used for cutting food, the chisel-shaped incisors are located in the front of the mouth and there are four on the top and four on the bottom. The canines are shaped like points and are used for grasping and tearing food. Premolars and molars are in the back of the mouth and are used for grinding and chewing food.

The teeth are made from an outer layer of enamel, the next layer is dentin, and the inside nerve is called the pulp. A part of the tooth called the anchor attaches the tooth to the bone, holding the tooth in place.

Lips and Cheeks
These familiar parts are essential for communication. Ten muscles control mouth movements, making you look happy, sad, angry, or various other emotions. The cheeks also guide and keep your teeth in the right position.

Gums
Gums help cement the teeth in place.

Your Mouth is Outstanding and Complicated, So Take Care of It!

There are so many marvelous parts of the mouth, and you want them to stay healthy to prevent pain, disease, and tooth loss. Make sure to brush twice a day, floss once a day, and come into A Brighter Smile Dental Care biannually for a checkup. To make an appointment with us, call 318-524-7729.