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You’ve probably heard about such things as the mind/body connection, referring to the relationship between your mind and your bodily health and visa versa, but did you know that the mouth/body connection is also important? The health of the body and the health of the mouth are connected very closely.

Studies have linked poor mouth health to diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, certain pregnancy complications and other conditions. A healthy mouth system, however, promotes self-esteem, assists in maintaining proper nutrition, promotes social interaction, and contributes to an overall sense of well-being.

Infection and bacteria in the mouth can exacerbate existing conditions; similarly, existing systemic problems can lead to mouth troubles. Your mouth can also warn you of dangers to the body’s overall health. A few signals it can send to show that something is wrong are:

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

Talk with Dr. Robert E. Hansen Jr., DDS if you have any of these symptoms, because these symptoms can be signs that there are more serious problems happening throughout the body. At Hansen Dental Care, we want your whole body system to be as healthy as possible.

For more information, call Hansen Dental Care in Pasadena, California, at 626-793-2273. Dr. Robert E. Hansen Jr., DDS and our team are happy to help!