OUR LOVELY MOUTH

Imagine not having a mouth and never being able to blow bubbles, eat nutritious meals or sample those tasty treats? It’s making my mouth water just thinking about it! How about a life without  singing, speaking or kissing! No way! The mouth is one of the most beautiful creations on the planet. What about all those funny things that are said about the mouth like, “My heart was in my mouth!” Or “Stop putting words in my Mouth!” It’s like it is its own living, breathing entity with its very own unique personality!

OUR LIPS

The skin of the lips is thinner than the skin anywhere else on the body. It consists of three to five cellular layers instead of up to 16.  The lips do not have sweat glands like the skin on the rest of our body. Since sweat glands keep the skin moisturized, that means lips tend to dry out faster than other parts of the body. “One way to help preserve the fullness of your lips is to protect them from the sun by wearing a lipstick or lip balm with sunscreen at all times.

HOW DOES IT ALL WORK?

The mouth is the beginning of the digestive system. When you actually taste the food, saliva increases to break down the particles. Three pairs of salivary glands line the walls and floor of the mouth to secrete saliva, which contains a digestive enzyme called amylase that starts the breakdown of carbohydrates even before food enters the stomach.  Chewing allows enzymes and lubricants to be released in the mouth to further digest, or break down, food. The mouth is covered by mucous membranes which cover and protect the entire inside of our mouth where it needs to stay moist to do its job. Drinking lots of water increases the membranes moisture level and ability to strike off infections and work effectively.  The soft palate contains the Uvula (YOO-vyoo-luh), the dangling fleshy object at the back of the mouth. If you look further back you will see your Tonsils sitting one on each side of the Uvula. And then we have a bundle of muscles extending from the floor of the mouth of the mouth and that would be our tongue. The upper surface of the tongue is covered papillae to protect our taste buds.

SMILE

Your mouth and teeth form your smile, which is often the first thing people notice when they look at you. Your smile has a direct impact on those around you. Think about how it feels when someone walks into the room smiling. It changes the entire atmosphere of the room.  A smile can change another person’s day as well your own! Scientists have also discovered if you wear a smile on even your worst day, it can change the entire course of your day and change the way you feel. The mouth is also essential for speech: The tongue (which also allows us to taste) enables us to form words with the help of our lips and teeth. Without our teeth we wouldn’t be able to eat. The teeth break down the food for the body. Babies don’t have teeth when they are born so they have to drink liquids and pureed foods. Only when their teeth come in can they eat actual food. If we didn’t have teeth we would have to share the same diet. To keep your teeth shining bright and working well for the rest of your life, brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, Floss once a day and visit your dentist regularly for a checkup and cleaning and last of all, eat a well balanced diet with lots of fruits and bright colored vegetables.