Oral (mouth) health is part of a person’s overall general health and well-being. Keeping the mouth healthy will not only mean you can eat and speak more easily, it will also have benefits for your general health.
Oral Health includes not only tooth decay and gum disease, but also deals with the effects of smoking and drinking large amounts of alcohol, a healthy diet (to guard against diabetes, stroke, obesity), and cancer. Several illnesses like diabetes and heart disease are linked to the health of the mouth and what you eat has implications for your mouth as well as for the rest of the body. Below are resources that you can use to learn about how to keep the mouth healthy.