A Walking Tour of Your Palate

You probably know what most of your major groupings of teeth are called. You know your tongue is in the bottom of your mouth and your lips cover the whole shebang. But how much time do you spend pondering the roof of your mouth?

Even though we dentists seem to laser focus on your teeth and jaws, we also know a fair amount about the roof of your mouth. As it turns out, it’s not just a good way to keep you from touching your tongue to your brain. There are some really neat things going on up there.

I know we talk about teeth here a lot… maybe way too much, even. That’s why today I have something a little different for you. I found this really neat article by fellow dentist Thomas P. Connelly, DDS, that is essentially a tour of the roof of your mouth. After all, we do deal with things like severe burns occasionally.

“Pizza palate,” as it’s lovingly called, can usually be treated at home, even though it smarts something awful. But, some of the structures that make up the roof of your mouth are far too delicate to leave to chance. If you do burn your mouth and it doesn’t get better in a few days, let me take a look.

Anyway, back to Dr. Connelly and his walking tour of the roof of your mouth. I don’t want to spoil it for you, but there are lots of neat things up there, like extra taste buds and salivary glands! This is way better than teeth talk, isn’t it? Check out this article because, frankly, it’s fun and informative. Two thumbs up.


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