Anatomy and Physiology of the Mouth


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Which of the following statements best describes the Alimentary Canal?

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1. If a person does not produce sufficient amounts of saliva they could be at higher risks of which condition?

2. How does saliva differ from water?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The process of digesting food begins in the mouth. Learn about the structure of the mouth and some important vocabulary terms with this worksheet and quiz. Some terms you will be quizzed on are alimentary canal and salivary amylase.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on the following:

  • The structure of the alimentary canal
  • What salivary amylase is
  • Processes of mechanical digestion
  • Saliva's function
  • Risks of insufficient saliva production

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow students to test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on the structure of the mouth
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the function of saliva
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the alimentary canal
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define key terms such as mechanical digestion and salivary amylase
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast chemical and mechanical digestion

Additional Learning

To learn more about the mouth and its role in the digestive system, review the accompanying lesson on the structure of the mouth. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define alimentary canal, gastrointestinal (GI) tract, and digestive tract
  • Understand the mouth's role in the digestive process
  • Name and locate the salivary glands
  • Understand the role of saliva in the digestive process
  • Define chemical digestion
  • Define enzymes
  • Identify other functions of saliva