Oral health is being able to smile, speak, chew, swallow, touch, and express feelings and emotions without pain, discomfort, and disease. Maintaining good oral health is important for your wellbeing and quality of life at any age or stage of life.
Your oral health can affect and be affected by your general health. For example, diabetes increases the risk of gum disease and gum disease can make diabetes harder to manage. Good oral health lowers the risks linked to diabetes, heart disease, cancer and chronic respiratory diseases.
Your mouth shows signs of tooth decay, gum disease, and other oral health problems. It can also show signs of other diseases if you’re missing certain foods from your diet, and unhealthy habits such as using tobacco and tobacco products, and alcohol.