Oral health is connected to more than just teeth, it is an essential part of a healthy life. Your oral health is directly related to your overall health and well-being. The bacteria in your mouth can affect your risk of heart disease and diabetes. Oral bacteria can travel through the gum tissues into the bloodstream and travel all over the body. Oral health can also affect overall confidence in children and adults. If you are not confident with your oral health you may avoid speaking up in class or in job interviews.