The mouth (teeth, gums, tongue, cheek lining, and lips) plays a crucial role in helping people stay healthy. As a gateway to the body, what you put in your mouth and your oral health affect the rest of your body.
Some ways oral health can impact overall health include:
Oral health can also be an indicator of other health issues including:
For tips on how to take good care of teeth and the rest of the mouth, see Healthy Teeth: the Basics