Good oral health is beyond brushing and flossing. You need to know what is inside your mouth in order to take good care of it.

You mouth has many more components than just teeth, so keeping good oral hygiene does not only mean brushing and flossing. Your mouth is made up of gums, oral mucosa, your lower and upper jaw, tongue and salivary glands. All these structures are examined by a dentist when you visit him/her. So it means even you need to actively take part in maintaining your oral health.

Let’s go a little deeper in your mouth!

When you open your mouth you don’t just see teeth everywhere. There is an oral mucosa inside. The lining of your inner ear and nose is also mucosa. It protects your mouth from germs.

Then we have the gums which provide support to your teeth. If you don’t have healthy gums, they will bleed when brushing or even by a slight irritation. If not taken care you can even loose your precious pearls. The strongest bone is your lower jaw (TMJ) which is not attached to your skull, helps you to chew and talk.

So look out for jaw clicking sounds when you open and close your mouth. The clicking sounds may come from Temporo-mandibular joint (TMJ). The powerful muscle in your body is your tongue. We need healthy tongue to eat, talk and swallow food. Here you have to look out for any tongue ulcers or diseases. When you get hungry or smell some delicious food what happens. Yes! You salivate. This is because of glands in your mouth. You have three sets of salivary glands. They help to keep your mouth moist, help in chewing; swallowing and most importantly protect your teeth and gums by rinsing away the food particles.

Next time you look yourself in the mirror, open your mouth and look out for these structures. Have A Healthy Mouth!

BY: Dr. Syeda Shadan - Doctor of Dental Medicine Will be glad to receive your inquiries on info@medisouq.com