The mouth is the entrance to the body and reflects general health and well-being. Keeping a healthy mouth is more than just about teeth, it is an important part of general health. Good oral health helps to protect the body against infection. Poor oral health may contribute to conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, stroke, respiratory disease and aspiration pneumonia.
Healthy teeth and gums play an important part in your quality of life, helping you smile, speak, eat, socialise and feel good about yourself. The main diseases that affect oral health are dental decay, gum disease and oral cancers. These conditions are largely preventable. Adults who need assistance with their personal care may be at a higher risk of mouth problems and need further support with dental care.
For everyday messages on how to keep your mouth, teeth and gums healthy see: Healthy habits for a Healthy Mouth