If it’s been said once, it’s been said a hundred times, you have to take care of your teeth. But sometimes it helps if you get to know the basics of something in order to appreciate it and thereby truly understand that the importance of maintaining it goes beyond the cosmetic. So, that being said, we are going to talk teeth.
First and foremost, teeth allow us to chew and digest food, which of course is a vitally important function of our basic survival. Our teeth have changed functions a bit over the millennia due to dietary change and innovations but essentially that primary function hasn’t changed.
Another major function of teeth is one that gets taken for granted all too often, speech.
Your tongue is used in conjunction with your teeth to move against them to make the fundamental and basic sounds that are the building blocks of language. If you don’t think so, listen to someone who doesn’t have most of their teeth. It is a lot harder to understand what they are saying and even more difficult for them to get their message across.
Edentulism, or having the condition of being toothless, leaves you with quite a disadvantage in regards to these two most basic functions of life. Some letter sounds require the lips and/or tongue to make contact with teeth for proper pronunciation of the sound, and lack of teeth will obviously affect the way in which a toothless individual can pronounce these sounds.
For example, the consonant sounds of the English language s, z, x, d, n, l, j, t, th, ch and sh are achieved with tongue-to-tooth contact, and the f and v are achieved through lip-to-tooth contact.
So there you have it. Your teeth are again, arguably one of the most important parts of your body.
The path to overall good health and the maintenance of your teeth is a phone call away. Call Dr. Matthews today and set an appointment for a checkup. If you don’t take your teeth for granted the rest of your body will thank you!