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The Oral Anatomy Part 7

The Oral Anatomy Part 7

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The Oral Anatomy | Part 7

The floor of the mouth
The picture on the right displays the tongue’s undersurface. The strip of tissue is thin and runs vertically from the floor of the mouth to the tongue’s undersurface. It is called the lingual frenum. It has a tendency to control the tongue’s movement, and in a number of people, it is so short that it essentially gets in the way of speaking. It is a simple matter to “snip” this chord under local anesthesia. It is done most often when a child is between 5 and 9 years old. The procedure is called a lingual Frenectomy. The “V” shaped hump of tissue in the floor of the mouth houses a series of saliva gland ducts. The two largest ducts are in the center just in front of the attachment of the lingual frenum and are calledWharton’s Ducts. They empty the submaxillary saliva glands. (also known as the submandibular salivary glands). These ducts can be quite active in some persons, and upon occasion, a “fountain” of saliva may erupt from them while the patient is talking causing one of those embarrassing moments. The Sublingual saliva glands empty through a series of tiny ducts in the tissue on either side of Wharton’s ducts. If you look carefully at this image, you will note some blue tinted tissue under the tongue and in the floor of the mouth. These represent the presence of superficial veins that run in this area, and they are called varicosities. Their presence is normal, becoming more and more prominent as the patient ages. You DO NOT Have To Live With Tonsil Stones Any Longer, visit us at www.tonsilstonesimages.com

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