Floor of the Mouth
Beneath the tongue is the floor of the mouth.
The frenulum connects the floor of the mouth to the tongue.
A thick frenulum that limits the movement of the tongue is called ankyloglossia.
A congenital defect characterized by limited mobility of the tongue due to shortness of its frenulum.
In cases where breastfeeding
is inhibited, a frenectomy may be done to release the tongue. (See Chapter 11: Oral Findings).
Excision of a frenulum.
Near the frenulum are the tiny openings of the submandibular salivary glands. These openings are called Whartonâ€™s ducts.
There are 2 large salivary glands, known as the Parotid glands. These glands empty through tiny holes called Stensonâ€™s ducts.
Failure of the Parotid glands to produce saliva leads to xerostomia, an abnormal dryness of the mouth
Failure of the Parotid glands to produce saliva leads to
Abnormal dryness of the mouth due to insufficient saliva production.
, an abnormal dryness of the mouth
(see Chapter 11: Oral Findings