Studies have even shown that there’s a significant connection between oral health and overall health. This means that cardiovascular diseases and even pneumonia are linked to oral health. Complications within it could contribute to these conditions. In this article, we explore tooth and mouth anatomy and the purposes of your mouth and teeth.
Our Tooth and Mouth Anatomy
We’re often told to keep our mouths healthy because it’s an asset and helps give us better confidence whenever we interact with others. However, the main purpose of the mouth as a cavity is for processing food as part of the digestive process. In fact, the entire tooth and mouth anatomy is in place to help fulfill this purpose.
Parts of the Mouth
The mouth is a cavity housed in the skull and its main function is eating and speaking. It’s lined by mucous membranes that keep the mouth moist.
The roof of the mouth, called the palate, is covered by mucous membranes and is segmented into different parts. The bony, front part of the palate is called the hard palate. Its purpose is to divide the nasal cavity and the mouth.