Oral Structures Quiz: How Much Do You Know?

How much do you really know when it comes to the structures within your mouth? Do you know much beyond your teeth? Or, if someone were to point to different parts of your mouth, would you be at a loss for the names and the functions of these other mysterious areas? No worries. We can quickly help you figure out how much you know, offer you some additional education, and help you feel confident about your knowledge of your smile and oral tissues.

Quiz Questions: True or False?

  1. True or False: Your mouth is only made up of teeth and gums. There’s no term for any other part of your oral cavity.
  2. True or False: The hanging ball in the back of your throat that you can see when you say, “Ahh!” is your uvula.
  3. True or False: The general name for the oral tissues that line your entire mouth is “oral mucosa.”

Quiz Answers

  1. False. Your mouth is actually made up of many different parts, including oral tissues that do more than just help you chew your food.
  2. True. This part of your oral cavity and throat exists for multiple reasons (though doctors are still researching its functions). In part, it aids in speech for languages that use their throats for glottal sounds, helps block the nasal passages from the entrance of food, and may contribute to the production of saliva.
  3. True. When you’re talking about the lining of your mouth, you’re referring to your oral mucosa, which makes up just about everything but your teeth!