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You’ve probably heard about such things as the mind/body connection, but did you know that the mouth/body connection is also quite prominent? The health of the body and the health of the mouth are very closely connected.

Studies have linked poor mouth health to diseases or conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, pregnancy complications and other health problems. A healthy oral system, however, 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 exacerbate existing conditions, and existing systemic problems can lead to mouth troubles. Your mouth can also warn you of other dangers to the body’s overall health. A few signals it can send that something is wrong are:

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

Talk with Dr. Michael Hall if you have any of these symptoms. These can be signs that there are more serious problems at hand throughout the body. At Central Oregon Dental Center, we want your whole body to be as healthy as possible.

For more information, call Central Oregon Dental Center in Bend, Oregon, at 541-389-0300. Dr. Michael Hall and our team are happy to help!