It is important to keep up with your health. In order to do this, it is imperative that you schedule regular exams, checkups and other visits with your healthcare specialists as necessary. Aside from planning annual checkups, it is also important that you take note of any symptoms or other things that you may experience on a day to day basis. Noticing any differences or changes can mean that something is wrong, amiss, or simply developing, but being aware of the details and specifics can be incredibly helpful once you meet with your doctor in order to discuss these things.
When it comes you your oral health, it is important that you pay close attention to your teeth, gums and other oral structures. Noticing any symptoms or feeling any changes can be the first signs of an oral health issue or concern. In order to do this best, it is helpful to be aware of the anatomy of the human mouth. By having a general idea of this portion of the body, you will be better equipped to taking care of your oral health as well as informing your dentist of any specific things that you are feeling or experiencing.
There are several main areas in your mouth. These areas are consisted of the teeth, the gums, the soft palate, the hard palate, the uvula, the tonsils, the tongue, and your lips. When it comes the softer, fleshier parts if your mouth, it is important to note that they should pinkish in color. Any differences can indicate serious issues. If your inner cheek, gums, hard or soft palate, uvula, tongue or tonsils happen to be red or white, you may have a serious health concern. Sometimes, the gums can become inflamed or infected, in which case they will become red and sometimes bloody. A red, swollen uvula, tongue or tonsils can indicate that you have a sore throat or possibly another similar sickness. White spots on the back of the throat, such as the tonsils, may indicate the presence of strep throat or even oral cancer. White spots can appear in other areas inside the mouth as well. If you have a sore that does not seem to want to go away, even after a few weeks, this could be a sign of oral cancer.
Aside from these main areas of the mouth, it is also important to be aware of the structure and anatomy of your teeth as well. There are several areas that you should be aware of that can help when diagnosing toothaches, pains, and other such concerns. The teeth are the hardest parts of your body and have several layers. The enamel is the hardest, outer part of the tooth. The enamel is mostly made up of calcium phosphate, and despite the hardness of the teeth, the enamel can weaken depending on food and other habits. The dentin in the portion of the tooth beneath the enamel. This layer is made of living cells that secrete a hard, mineral substance. Beneath all of that is the pulp of the tooth. This is a soft, inner structure where blood vessels and nerves are located. The pulp may become infected, such is the case with infected root canals. At the base of the tooth is the cementum which is a layer of connective tissue that connected the roots of the teeth to the gums and jawbone. Finally, there is the periodontal ligament. This tissue helps keep the teeth firmly in place, against the jaw.