Who knew your mouth was so complex?! When I first started dental school I didn’t, in fact, it still surprises me at least once a week how amazing our mouths are and how much is going on in there. You have teeth, gums, a tongue, bone, muscles, joints, nerves, arteries, and it’s the gateway to your entire body. Stop for a moment and think about how many times a day you use your mouth, and for the variety of tasks you ask it to perform. It allows you to eat food which gives you the energy you need to feed your body and sustain your life. You use it to speak. It expresses your emotions. You use it to kiss your loved ones. It truly is amazing!!!! Did you know, according to the Library of Congress that of the seven strongest muscles in the body two are in/associated with your mouth. The 2 muscles are the masseter and the tongue. In fact, the masseter which is in your cheeks and allows you to chew your food, is the strongest muscle based on weight in the body. (You can check out more about the masseter muscle here.)
So going to the dentist isn’t just about your teeth. It’s about your entire mouth and your overall health. Your mouth needs to be maintained in order to allow you to use all of its amazing functions for your lifetime. My dental philosophy is that your overall health is most important. Therefore, the most important part of my day is the oral cancer screening exams I complete on my patients. Followed by making sure there aren’t any active infections in your mouth that could be releasing bacteria to your entire body. So to simplify, your mouth is AWESOME! Give it the love it deserves!