Dental Education From Kent Smile Studio
The health of your teeth and gums are top priorities when it comes to dentistry. However, there are other parts of your mouth that are very important too and it is a really good idea to understand how they work, and to let your dentist know if you spot any issues with them.
We’re mainly talking about the tongue and the soft tissues in your mouth and these delicate parts need care and attention so that your mouth can feel comfortable and function well. With that in mind, let’s take a closer look at these commonly overlooked areas of the mouth.
The Tongue And Oral Soft Tissues
Your oral soft tissues are both inside and outside the mouth and make up a large part of your oral cavity. The cheeks and lips, the roof of your mouth, your throat and the area below the tongue are all part of the mouth and there are many names that your dentist may have used when charting your oral health; you just may not have recognised the words. For example, did you know that the word used for the cheeks and certain soft tissues is ‘buccal’?
The tongue is not a soft tissue and rather it is a muscular organ in its own right and it is covered in little bumps and tissues. The tongue is incredibly complex and forms an important part of the digestion process, helping you move food around your mouth and push it down the throat.
The gums form part of your oral soft tissues and they keep the teeth snugly in place. They are so important to good oral health and they have their very own category of dentistry called periodontal care. Within this discipline, hygienists are focused on gum maintenance and helping you take care of the gums yourself, and periodontists are specialists in gum conditions and associated treatments.
Soft Tissue & Tongue Injuries