Explore more about what makes our mouths unique and why dentists are so fascinated!
In the first part of this series, we examined our mouths beyond what we know — teeth, tongue, and gums — and learned about the gingiva and how the lymphatic system is involved in our oral health.
Our mouths are truly an individual structure from the rest of the body because not only are they vital in everyday tasks, such as eating and speaking, but they are the gateway in revealing our overall health. It is important to keep good oral health habits by routine teeth cleanings and preventative care at home.
While there are a handful of dentists in Windsor, Dr. Kollar provides individualized patient care that is compassionate because she understands not everyone has such a passion for teeth and visiting the dentist as she does! Join us today as we look at the other structures that comprise our oral health.
Our Mouths Apart From What We Can Physically See
Aside from our gums, teeth, and tongue, our mouths have some unseen structures that we don’t always take the the time to consider. Find out what they are below!
We often hear collagen mentioned when we are talking about aging, but how about the role it plays in our teeth? Collagen is one of the most abundant proteins in your body, and truly, it is the glue that holds us together. It is found in skin, hair, muscles, tendons, blood vessels, bones, and the GI tract.
Why is collagen important for our mouths?
Collagen helps repair damaged tissues and is crucial in establishing a mouth with healthy gums and teeth. This strong yet elastic connective tissue is found all throughout your mouth and is a key component to your overall dental health.
As we get older, our collagen production slows and we commonly attribute this with sagging and wrinkled skin, but it also impacts your oral health as well. When you support your body with collagen, not only is it helping your skin, but it is also benefiting the following:
- Better bone density in your jaw and alveolar (the bone that holds your teeth in place)
- Maintains and supports the gums between your teeth
- Maintains and supports soft tissue in your mouth (your cheeks and mouth palette)
There isn’t much of a discussion on the tonsils except when they are removed or related to strep throat. These structures are tiny tissues located in the very back of your mouth and into the beginning portion of your throat. Tonsils support the immune system and can be considered lymph nodes that protect and prevent harmful foreign invaders. Within these tissues, you can find B-cells (antibody producing) and white blood cells.
When you are exposed to bacteria or viruses as these foreign invaders pass through your mouth or nose, your tonsils are on the first line of defense to protect against illness in addition to signaling to your body that you are fighting off an infection.
There is much more to navigate about the tonsils, in addition to an introduction to a couple more structures! Stay tuned for part three!
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