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Oral Cavity

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jan 5, 2023.

What is the oral cavity?

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, tongue, and the roof of your mouth (hard and soft palate). You also have glands in your mouth that produce saliva (spit) to help keep your mouth moist. Saliva starts 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 help control the amount of air that you breathe in and out. This helps when you shape your lips to do things like talk, whistle, or sing.
Mouth Anatomy

When should I contact my healthcare provider?

You have questions or concerns about your oral cavity.

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