Mouth Facts for Kids – 5 Magic Facts about the Mouth

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Updated on: Educator Review By: Michelle Connolly

Our mouth is full of mysteries! Let’s learn five magic mouth facts for kids.

Mouth Facts for Kids Fact Number 1: Your Mouth Has Salivary Glands

The slimy liquid you can always feel in your mouth is called saliva. It is produced by salivary glands which are located in your mouth. Saliva moistens food, making it easier to digest and it is also full of chemicals called enzymes. Enzymes help to break down food. Your salivary glands can produce over 1 litre of saliva per day! When we smell or see good food we often say our mouth is watering, this is actually our brain sending a signal to our salivary glands to produce saliva to prepare for food digestion.

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Mouth Facts for Kids Fact Number 2: You Will Spend Two Months of Your Life Brushing Your Teeth

From a young age we are told that we should brush our teeth twice a day, every day. If you brush for the recommended two minutes twice a day for most of your life you will be brushing your teeth for between 70 and 80 days total! That’s a lot of time spent brushing your teeth!

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Mouth Facts for Kids Fact Number 3: The Mouth Has More Than One Function

When you think of your mouth’s function you automatically think about how it allows you to eat.

Your teeth break your food into smaller bits and your tongue helps you to swallow your food. However this isn’t the only thing your mouth does for you. Your mouth allows you to breathe and also to communicate. Without it we wouldn’t be able to communicate verbally.

Mouth Facts for Kids Fact Number 4: Your Tongue Is Unique to You

Like fingerprints, no two tongues are the same. This is the same with how our teeth rest in our mouths and why everyone’s smiles are different. Even identical twins have different smiles and tongues. This is why detectives use dental records to identify people. It is cool to think that no one else on the Earth has your smile!

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Mouth Facts for Kids Fact Number 5: Most People Have The Same Number of Teeth

From a couple of months old until about 3 years old, you grow a full set of 20 baby teeth. These teeth then begin to fall out at around the age of 6 years old. Baby teeth fall out to make room for 32 permanent adult teeth. Some adults can also grow up to 4 wisdom teeth. We don’t actually need wisdom teeth but our ancestors did in order to properly digest their food.

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We hope you enjoyed learning more things about mouth as much as we loved teaching you about them. Now that you know how majestic this system in human body is, you can move on to learn about other ones like: Eyes, Nose, Teeth, Ears and The Digestive System.

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