Why mouths matter

A healthy mouth contributes to a healthy body and can be a big part of how we look and feel about ourselves.

  • Why oral health is important

    A healthy mouth lets people eat, speak and smile without pain or embarrassment.
  • Oral health and disability

    People with disability experience more oral health problems than people without disability.
  • Mouth and teeth basics

    Take a quick tour of the mouth.
  • What causes disease in the mouth?

    This is complicated and includes factors such as age, genetics, lifestyle factors and the social and environmental influences.
  • Tooth decay

    Did you know that tooth decay is Australia’s most common health problem? Did you also know that it’s mostly preventable?
  • Gum disease (periodontal disease)

    Gum disease is the fifth most common health problem in Australia. It can be prevented.
  • What is plaque?

    Plaque is a clear, sticky coating that forms on the teeth, gums and other parts of the mouth (and dentures).
  • Medications and oral health

    Many common medications have side effects which can impact oral health.
  • Dry mouth (xerostomia)

    Dry mouth occurs when there is reduced saliva flow.
  • Other mouth conditions

    Aside from tooth decay and gum disease, there are a number of other mouth conditions.