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The human mouth acts as the entrance to the digestive tract. Parts of the mouth, such as the teeth, start the process of breaking down food so that it can be absorbed by the body for energy. Other parts, such as the tongue, help with tasting food and speaking. Keeping the mouth healthy is important when it comes to keeping the rest of the body healthy. The bacteria behind conditions such as gum disease and tooth decay can spread from the mouth to other areas of the body, making a person very sick.
Lips and Palates
The lips act as the entrance to the mouth. They are made up of skin, muscle and mucous membranes. A muscle called the “orbicularis oris” causes the lips to open and close, allowing a person to eat food or open their mouth to speak. The lips play a big role in forming the sounds of many words and letters, such as vowel sounds and certain consonant sounds including “b” and “p.”
The inside top of the mouth is called the palate. It’s made up of the hard palate near the front of the mouth and the soft palate at the back. If a person presses their tongue to the top of their mouth, they can feel the difference between the hard and soft palate. The hard palate separates the mouth from the area of the nose while the soft palate keeps food and drink from going down the wrong pipe, or down the airway instead of the esophagus, which leads to the stomach.
The tongue is a muscle found in the middle of the mouth. It plays a big role in helping people form sounds and taste foods. The tongue has a top surface, called the dorsal surface, and a bottom, called the ventral surface. The dorsal surface is covered in bumps called papillae. Papillae help people move pieces of food through their mouths. They also help people taste food.
Some of the bumps or papillae contain taste buds. When a person is born, they have about 10,000 taste buds, but can lose up to half of the taste buds as they go through life. Each taste bud detects a particular flavor, such as sweet, bitter, sour, and salty.
The tongue does other things in the mouth besides help people taste food. It plays a big part in pushing saliva, or spit, towards the back of the mouth when a person sleeps, so that they don’t drool. Movement of the tongue in the mouth also helps people form certain words and sounds. For example, the letters “K” and “G” as in “go” would be impossible to sound out without the tongue.
Found inside the mouth, the gums, also known as gingiva, cover the jawbone and teeth sockets. The gums help protect the teeth. If a person doesn’t take care of their mouth, skips brushing and flossing, and never goes to the dentist, bacteria can build up on the gums, causing gum disease. If a dentist doesn’t clean away the bacteria, the disease can become worse, causing a person to lose their teeth.
People need teeth to chew and break up food. The teeth also help people speak clearly. Everyone has two sets of teeth throughout life. The first set of teeth is commonly called baby teeth and officially called deciduous teeth. Babies start getting their first teeth around the age of six months and should have all of them by about two and half years of age.
People typically have 20 baby teeth. Most start to lose their baby teeth around the age of six through the age of 12. The baby teeth are replaced with permanent teeth, which should stay in the mouth for the rest of a person’s life, as long as they take good care of them. Teeth come in different shapes and play different roles in the mouth.
The four teeth in the front of the mouth on the top and bottom are called the incisors. They are flat and have a squared off top. The pointy teeth found on the left and right of the incisors are the canine teeth. Each person has four canines, which have a pointy tip. They help people tear food when taking a bite.
Next to the canines are the premolars, followed by the molars. The premolars and molars have a rough surface and are designed for chewing food. The final set of molars, called the wisdom teeth, start coming in when people are in their late teens. Many people have their wisdom teeth taken out, as their mouths aren’t big enough for the extra teeth.
The hard covering on the outside of teeth is the enamel, which protects the teeth from wear and tear and allows them to chew and tear up food. Dentin is just under the enamel. It protects the soft pulp underneath it. The pulp is the middle of the tooth, which contains the nerves and blood.
Teeth can be divided into two sections. The crown is the portion of the tooth that is visible when a person opens their mouth. The root is the part of the tooth found underneath the gums.
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- Teeth – What Are They?
- Different Kinds of Teeth
- Tooth Anatomy
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Dr Washington was awesome and His team took Great care of me.. Thanks Kesha For Calling And checking on me next day!!!!
Great dental office! No one likes the dentist, but the folks at Dental One Toco Hills make it a painless and pleasant experience. Everyone is so friendly and kind, assuaging the fears of even the most scared dental patient. Kesha made a point to help us utilize our insurance coverage, and Dr. Lisa was so kind and encouraging. Having a periodontist and orthodontist in the office makes more complica…
There was not waiting and the staff were very friendly and cordial. The doctor who performed the crown lengthening had great bedside manners, made me feel at ease and explain the process before he began. He was gentle and tried to make sure I had the least amount of pain discomfort during the procedure.
I highly recommend Dent One Associates based on the exceptional level of special customer care & expertise applied by each professional involved. The tab for various services received came to quite a high amount, thus my expectations for detailed explanations in advanced & through the process were just as high. From: – Mary, the Coordinator handling financial arrangements & do…
I was blown away by the personal attention I received at my dental visit. I was shown care and compassion during a very difficult time
I loved the way the staff treated me as a first time patient. They were even patient enough to contact and wait on my former dentist office to send files over. They had a great team of people who assisted me, trey, Jenny, and Dr Hardwick. They came up with a plan that I totally agree with, and that I feel will be in the best interest for my desired end result.
The staff are friendly, caring & professional. Dr Perez has the best “bedside manner” you’ll ever find and his knowledge, experience & expertise are simply incredible. The pricing is reasonable enough for everyone and they have a big heart! And now I have a BIG SMILE to be proud of! Thanks guys! Love you all!
Dental One has the most upbeat staff that make a dentist visit pleasurable. They are not only friendly but very helpful and knowledgeable They also work with you to keep costs down when you don’t have insurance. .
I had an awesome time with the staff at Dental One Associates! Jovan was amazing. He was very supportive and understanding. I was very nervous,especially because I have never been to this location, however, he assured me that I’d be ok. He is a great asset to any company! Also Dr. Zehirova was a pleasure in assisting me. She was very patient and kind. I asked a lot of questions and she answe…
When I arrived at Dental One Associates, I was promptly greeted, signed in, and quickly taken back for my appointment by Casey. Casey, along with the other staff, were professional and friendly. They made me feel extremely comfortable and confident. Casey exceeded my expectations during the appointment through thorough explanations and excellent care. She was genuine and gentle to ensure that I ha…
I tried few dental offices but, I settled for Dental one because of their love and professionalism. I felt so much at home and I will recommend them to anyone
My experience was very pleasant and the dental assistant very kind.The doctor was very nice and kind and didn’t make me feel bad for the length of time since I had been to a dentist.He fixed the problem I had and I was very pleased with the results.I also needed some financial help and they were kind to work with me regarding a payment plan. As I was searching for a dentist I found very few…
Awesome experience from beginning to end! I came in for receding gums, and the doctors set up a a treatment plan that was quick and easy. I had me teeth cleaned today, and the staff was gentle and amazing. No hurting teeth!! I recommend them for any procedure you need involving your teeth and gums! From office staff to hygentisits to doctors: all were kind and helpful.
I feel like family when I come to receive my treatment. I never experienced any problems with customer service from my hygienist down to the receptionist. I feel like they always have my best interest in mind.
Dr Joe is the the best . Did a very difficult crown removal and replacement for me. His experience was to the benefit of me. Trust him with all my dental work.
I love Dr. Grant and his amazing staff. Of all the doctors I’ve ever been to I prefer my dentist. I can not thank them enough for my smile :)
Very friendly and knowledgeable staff. Dr. Sabur is the best!
The people that work there are really, really nice and you will receive great dental work. They are very gentle and they make you feel comfortable. I would definitely recommend their office.
I am trying to click ten. The service is Amanda was excellent!!!! I came there in fear because of past experiences, your staff made me comfortable from day one!!!! I am so grateful. Your level of professionalism is top notch!!!! Thank you so much!
Dental 1 dentistry is by far the best dentist that I have been to bar none. I have visited various dentist and have felt like they cared more about their bottom line than my overall dental health. Dr. McMillan is simply the best with her attitude and true professionalism, and the dental hygienist Winsom did an A+ job cleaning my teeth as well. Highly recommended
Staff seeming to truly in tune with you ability to adapt when scared to death. Willing to answer all your questions & concerns. Didn’t rush you out just because it was their lunch time. Dentist very concerned, helpful and a very pleasant personality. This means a lot when it comes to a person who is petrified of dental offices sites, sounds & precedures done.
Very professional and helpful in assisting to get appointment times that are convenient and conducive for my work schedule. I am pleased with the services that I receive from this office.
I have been a patient at Dental One Associates (College Park, GA) for more than 15 years. Surely, I would not remain with this Dental Office if efficient and professional services were not provided for my oral health. If any service performed is not to your expectation, every step will be taken to ensure your satisfaction. You only have to direct your concerns to Mrs. Addie Darden (Office Manager)…
I’ve been going here for years to see Dr DeAngelis. My last visit was my first ever gum graft. I was uncertain of how things would go as I heard how painful this would be. Kesha made my wait time entertaining as she broke the ice and made me laugh. Great personality to make anyone feel comfortable. Dr Washington performed the procedure and it took about an hour or so. Not once did I feel pai…
My 5 year old love it. Great customer service
Miriam was excellent! Dr. Jo is always the best.
Staff makes you feel right at home. All very competent.
I have been going to this location to get my teeth cleaned for a few years now. My original hygienist moved to another location so I have had quite a few different ones during my past few cleanings. Unfortunately I no longer felt like I was receiving the same level of service as I originally received and I never felt like my teeth were really cleaned when I left. I went to the office this week for…
I would recommend this location to anyone who’s in need of an awesome Dentist or Orthodontist….staff here are great!!!!
I have been a patient at Dr. Grant’s since 1976 and have always had great work on my teeth there and Dr. Grant and staff are wonderful and friendly always to me and my family who also are patients there.
The staff is always so caring and concerned about how I’m doing during any of my dental work. Everyone there goes above and beyond to create a wonderful atmosphere! I wouldn’t want to go anywhere else!
The staff is very knowledgeable about cost/services. I especially appreciated Kesha. She took time to explain my current conditions, suggested treatments and cost effective solutions based on my insurance/financial commitment. Thanks for going the extra mile.
The very best care I have ever had – and I am an older lady. Hats off to everyone – from the greeter who is friendly and efficient. To the person handling the billing who worked hard to get my bill down to the lowest possible. To the dental assistant who was friendly and professional. To the dental surgeon who did an amazing job. I am happy to be healing well…
I love my hygienist Lanae. She was honest with me and she always does a fantastic job cleaning my teeth.
I’ve been a patient for close to 17 years, I have a terrible fear of dentist but would recommend Dr. Joe to anyone with the same problem he has a soft easy manner that sets you at ease.
Everyone was friendly and showed interest that we were taken care of with least amount of pain possible. Best trip to a dentist ever!
Young professionals and very knowledgeable of patients care and concerns. I was very satisfied with Dr. B!! I highly recommend her..
My children and I have been patients there for almost 10 years. The staff are wonderful and always take great care of us.
I love this place, the staff is extremely nice and friendly. Very helpful. The ladies at the front desk always have a smile on and that is very welcoming. Danielle is one of a kind, treats you like family and always so upbeat. I would highly recommend this place if you’re looking for somewhere to call “your dental office”.
Office staff, assistants, and Dr. Rausch are all courteous and take time out of their day to check on patients.
Rebecca and Danielle were extremely nice. I felt welcomed as soon as I entered the office. Front office staff was great. Dr. Perez was patient, informative, and very friendly.
All of the staff is very friendly. I love Dr. Grant he is the best. Offering Dentrite is also a big reasonI, When I retired, I lost dental insurance when I left my job. My hygienist mentioned Dentrite to me a gave me a pamphlet. I took the plan and it has saved me and my husband quite a bit of money.
You make the entire process easy, quick, friendly and affordable.
Amazing experience. The staff is very hospitable, and extremely confident in their work. That confidence is backed by the quality.
I like the way Dental One take care of my teeth and the customer service that is always rendered. Thanks for your service!
I had lost my step-dad and flushed my partial in the same morning. I arrived at the office to see if I could get another made. I was told they could fit me in at 1:00pm …. that is when the events took a toll on me I could feel the tears welling up in my eyes, and told the the story of my morning. One of Dr. Sweening’s assistants (Kacy) heard this and the next thing I know is they take…
Great services and less painful experience than I normal have. Front teeth work is not pleasant but it was bearable thanks to Dr. Gessling.
Exceptional service. Everyone is very professional and focused on their particular jobs. Office & rooms always very clean.
Excellent service and consideration. Dr. Hardwick was so pleasant and knowledgeable. Very satisfied with the outcome.
Everyone is very professional, love that. Dr. Perez made me feel very comfortable, feel better about going to the dentist now.
Friendly atmosphere and appointment times are with no long waiting.
Patricia, Janet, and Dr. Carden took excellent care of me from start to completion. My needs were taken care of above and beyond. I really appreciated the attention given to each step in the process. Thanks again team.
Great staff and service. We have been coming here for over 30 years. Thanks for taking care of us over the years!
Dr Perez and his staff are professional and extremely courteous and kind. There are no hidden fees. You get the feeling that they truly care. I will not go any where else
Everyone was extremely nice from the time I walked in. I’ve never experience a public place where everyone smiles and says “Hello” I came to bring my sister but I’m going to make me an appointment now. Love it and looking forward to Dental One taking care of my dental needs.
I started off going to the Fayetteville location and had to change locations only because it was too far from where I work and lived, but now I’m at the Marietta location and I have been receiving the same great services. And Uma is my favorite she educate you on what you are getting and what she is going to be doing to your teeth she is quick, but she makes sure that she takes care of your teet…
I have been a patient of this Dental practice for about 20 years. I have never had a bad experience with the staff, technicians, the Doctors, or the facility. I have always been treated with respect, genuine concern for my feelings and dental procedures, and the doctors have been very good at providing detail information and answering all of my questions relating to a dental procedure. I have a gr…
Dr. Perez was amazing. I’m normally anxious about having dental work done. I needed to replace old fillings that had fallen out and found him through the positive reviews online. He was very professional, considerate, and took the time to ensure I had a good experience. His staff is super friendly. This was my very first PAIN FREE dental experience. Will definitely be making him my regular d…
The staff was so gracious and courteous. It was my first visit. As I witnessed them interact with other patrons I could tell they were very personable and knew the patients. Just a friendly staff!!
This was my first time at this location and it was great. It’s clean and the customer service was good. My new hygienist Toni was great!
I have very bad anxiety an Dr.Perez and Tam & staff did amazing at pulling my tooth. Im grateful to heroes like them who help others. I’ll be coming back for cleaning etc.
Warm, friendly and professional staff
I have very bad anxiety an Dr.Perez and Tam/Tran? (Sorry I’m hard of hearing) & staff did amazing at pulling my tooth. Im grateful to heroes like them who help others. I’ll be coming back for cleaning etc.
I had a awesome experience at this location. Dr. Sabur and her assistant Darlene were outstanding. Mrs. Pat also was outstanding.I highly recommend this women there wonderful.
Friendly and professional treatment. Tambien hablan español
Amazing experience cant wait to get my filling done whole staff are nice
Dental One Associates in College Park is an outstanding office. I never thought I would love going to the dentist, but the staff at this location are great, excellent, and outstanding. They are professional, they take time to talk to you about your dental care, ensure you understand all procedures, and are just plain wonderful. God bless the staff members and doctors, because I don’t mind go…
I took my sister who is 70 years old and gets around in a wheel chair to Dental One for a dental appointment. She had been having severe pain in her jaw from a tooth extraction over 9 months ago. Needless to say, my sister wasn’t excited about visiting another dental office. Dental One gave my sister and I a “Chick-fil-A” experience in a dental Office. The customer service and treatment were…
Friendly and professional staff. They make me feel comfortable.
I called for an immediate appt. due to extreme pain the night before. They accommodated perfectly. I was treated like a preferred client even though I had never been there before. Everyone from the front desk to the Dr. who saw me was friendly, professional, listened intently and advised in detail what I needed to do. I will definitely be returning.
All staff were professional, efficient, and customer friendly.
This offers a very good service. They have a very good dentist on board, and an excellent hygienist as well (Jessica).
I know going to the dentist can be a daunting task but I always have a great experience at this location.
Real friendly staff
Appointments are on schedule. I was a little nervous this time. Kesha and Dr. Washington made me feel very comfortable.
I was treated like a human being, with care, respect and dignity! I am completely satisfied with the service from making my appointment by phone, to checking out. My hygienist was gentle and thorough and Dr. Jo was a gem! Thank you for your professionalism!
Very friendly staff. They made the dental process easy for my family and I.
I’ve been coming here since middle school, (maybe 15-16 years ago), I’ve always had a good experience (well the best you can have at a dentists office lol). The staff is great and the dentists are awesome!
I am very please with Dental One at Eagles Landing. They did a phenomenal job with my extraction for my wisdom teeth. Dr.Perez is a professional expert! He was definitely quick and I felt no pain when he did my extraction. The WHOLE staff is pretty much perfect! I highly recommend this dentistry!
The staff & service is top notch! ;)
Excellent staff, Dentist and service…One stop shop! :)
All of the staff was very nice and helpful. Doctor Owens was very professional and dose very good work
Excellent staff, Dentist and service…One stop shop! :)
I will never go to another dentist. The entire staff is so nice and welcoming, and they got me in within a day of calling and a day later after consultation for treatment. I love them! Highly recommend.
Got in the same day I made my appointment and that was very helpful to me because I never know when taking off from my job is a good time.
The dentist really knows what he is doing, Mr. Everett’s staff takes the time to make certain everything is correct and accurate so you can be in and out!
I have always been afraid of dentist.. Hence the reason I always put stuff off until the pain hit. However, o came across Dental ONE and from the receptionist, like Phyllis, to the doctors, they were all very nice. Ty, the dental assistant, always put me at ease and helped me to work through my fears. The doctors also put me at ease. And as far as the billing went, they always helped me to decide…
I went yesterday to practice an extraction, new patient …. and I can tell you that I am a very fearful person for dentists, get super nervous and even crying … The treatment of the Assistant and Dr. Perez, was extraordinary! They had a lot of patience with me and the procedure was very fast … the office staff also very attentive and professional .. I recommend this dental office…
The experience was wonderful from the appointment setting through checkout with Ms. Mary. Dr. Sabur was so nice and gentle. Darlene was a pleasure to be around. Everyone made me feel comfortable. My entire family will make this our permanent dental home!
Great doctor and administrators great work
I have been going to dental one and associates for years. Doctor McMillan has been my dentist and she’s always done a great job. The tech’s and other associates there are very professional and I’ve never had an issue with them. Great place to be.
All staff were professional, efficient, and customer friendly.
I rarely go to the dentist because I can not stand all the drilling and noise that reverberates in my head. Recently a tooth that has been bad for many years decides to ache!! Had to have it extracted. Dr. Wheeless did a fantastic job, both with the necessary shots and removing the tooth. I didn’t feel anything!!! So glad I decided to go the Dental One. I have several dental issues to take c…
I went in for a cleaning and Ooma explained everything she was doing and going to do. I appreciate that.
I must say that my experience here from day one has been nothing short of amazing. From the front desk to the back, all of the staff, Dr. Perez, just awesome people. Dr. Perez extracted my wisdom tooth and I have yet to feel pain. I have not had take the pain med prescribed and it’s been almost 24 hours since the procedure. Everyone is so nice, warm and friendly. I feel so blessed to have a…
Dr Wheeless and her assistant made me feel comfortable and answered all of my questions.
I can appreciate a dentist that takes pride in their work. I tried this office because of the reviews and I glad I did. I would highly recommend this office to anyone.
My appointment was at 6 p.m. on a bad weather night, but they knew they needed to seem my issue and didn’t hesitate to make the earliest appointment possible. I really appreciate how they always accommodate me. Once, I had an appointment at 7 a.m.! It was very helpful because of my new employment at that time. I have seen the oral surgeon before, also who was amazing. He was so good at what…
I’ve been using this office since I was around 11 years old. Love the people there.
The staff is always very professional. My son actually enjoys going to the dentist for his routine check ups.
Best dental office I’ve ever been to
Wonderful staff and they made my experience a great one.
The office has a lively environment. The staff I encountered were nice, hospitable, and made me feel comfortable. I also appreciated that I was kept aware of what the assistant, hygienist, and dentist were doing and why they were doing it.
This was my first cavity filling in approximately 20 years. I was pretty nervous about it to be honest. Thankfully, the dental assistant (i don’t remember her name, but she was very sweet) as well as Dr. Owens were both quite reassuring and comforting to me, and they answered all of my questions and concerns fully and graciously. For this, I am deeply grateful.
Professionalism of staff and patient care.
Good service and professional
Very genuine and friendly. Also I felt like I was at home and relaxed among friends or family. The dental assistants along with the others that worked there were exceptional. I would recommend anyone to this dental office.
Pleasant environment with very nice staff
I came for a job injury. So, all was free for me! They made a good very fast work. Dr Matthiew Ownen is professional and friendly. All team work hard to make happy and smile again the patients! Ms. Garline, front Desk even she works a lot, always busy, she will help you. She is an important person. I will come back in one week for my regular exam, cleanup etc… I am smart, I will keep this De…
Please with the services received and the friendly staff.
I always have a good experience. All my procedures have been done with nothing but the utmost professionalism.
Always a good experience. They really helped my teeth stay on the right track.
Staff – professionalism – knowledgeable
Everyone is so nice. And they go the extra mile to make it happen
The staff was great – very professional – all smiles and pretty faces…
I have always hated going to the dentist officee, but my experience at Dental One changed all of that. Everyone is so nice. And I need to give a special shoutout to Tyrone—not only did he make me feel comfortable, he actually had me laughing the entire time. I would recommend this office to anyone.
A customer now for 12 years; Won’t go anywhere else. :)
Got in the same day I made my appointment and that was very helpful to me because I never know when I’m going to be off.
The hygienist is very skilled, knowledgeable, and courteous.
I have referred others to office because of discount enrollment option for those without insurance.
Very pleasant experience
I recommend because of the friendly atmosphere and fast service.
Dr. Perez is very pleasant. One of the best dentist visits I’ve experienced. The front office has excellent customer service. They’re a keeper!!!!
Outstanding service and professionalism. Addressed all my issues and setup a great treatment plan.
From the moment you step inside, you meet the sweetest receptionists ever and to you sit in the dentist chair and get your teeth done by the most kind crew. Love this place. I recommend them to all my family and friends.
When I go in for dental work, I always receive courteous and efficient care. The dentist I see is Dr Washington, he’s the nicest person and always do his job with a smile. His assistants are also very sweet young ladies and they always inform you on what to do for your after care so you can feel better quick as possible. Love Dental One!
Excellent customer service, excellent dental care.
Excellent customer service.
The entire staff is great! I luv Dr. Perez. His bed side manners are sky rocketing,
Great service and wonderful people that take great care of there patients ! Absolutely Awesome Dentists
Great people, great service, great work!
The dental hygienist Beatrice is excellent. She was very gentle and professional in the cleaning of my teeth.
Dr. Washington has a great personality and makes you feel comfortable with your upcoming procedure.
Everyone is so great and personable.
I had a pleasant visit. I did not leave in pain from the cleaning and the filling. Office personnel is superb and very efficient.
The office staff is top notch.
Dentist was great! Staff always friendly!
The staff is very professional and friendly. The dental team is very knowledgeable, takes the time to explain procedures and what needs to be done.
Friendly and very professional. Concern about your teeth being healthy.
It was simply the best service I’ve ever gotten at a dental office. If this service remains consistent, then this must be one of the best dental offices of all time.
Very good experience. I trust the staff and wish them all the best!
Very knowledge and caring staff. Doctor is very precise and made me feel at ease with preocedure. Would definitely recommend this office to friends and family!
I have been a patient with Dental One for years and the service has always been excellent
I’ve been going to this dental office for over 2 years and it has been the best experience I’ve had in a dental office. They are super flexible and respectful of time. If I could give 10 stars I would!!!
They are very professional.
This a very professional and pleasant location. They were running a little behind and I had 25 minute wait to be seen, I was willing to reschedule and come back, they are that good. Of course, they refused and apologized for my wait. So far, I have had nothing but a positive experience at this location, great friendly staff.
Great people & service.
I always have a pleasant experience there. Everyone is friendly and caring. Dr. Grant and the other dentists my family has seen there do an excellent job of explaining what we need and taking care of it.