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The oral cavity
is the area from your teeth to your throat. Your oral cavity includes your teeth, gums, inside of your cheeks and jaw, roof of your mouth (hard palate), and your tongue. You also have spit glands in your mouth to help keep your mouth moist. Spit glands also start to break down the food you eat. The purpose of the oral cavity is to chew your food to prepare it for swallowing. Your oral cavity is also used to control air that you breathe out. This includes shaping your mouth to do things like talk, whistle, or sing.
When should I contact my healthcare provider?
You have questions or concerns about your oral cavity.
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