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The health of the body and the health of the mouth are very closely connected. This mouth/body connection is often overlooked in daily life, but we’d like to address it more thoroughly in this post.

Studies have linked poor mouth health to conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, certain pregnancy complications and other health problems. A healthy oral system, on the other hand, promotes self-esteem, assists in maintaining proper nutrition, promotes social interaction and contributes to a general sense of well-being.

Infection and bacteria in the mouth can make existing conditions worse, and existing systemic problems can lead to mouth trouble. For example, those with diabetes are more likely to suffer from gum disease. Your mouth can also warn you of other dangers to the body’s overall health. A few signals it can send to indicate that something is wrong are:

-Lesions
-Halitosis
-Bleeding gums
-Ulcers
-Swollen gums
-Reduced saliva flow (“dry mouth”)
-Bone loss

Talk with Dr. Carol Halloran if you have any of these symptoms, as they can be signs that there are more serious problems occuring throughout the body. At Crossroads Dental, we want your whole body to be as healthy as possible.

For more information, call Crossroads Dental in Waterloo, Iowa, at 319.291.3908. Dr. Carol Halloran and our team are happy to help!