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The health of the body and the health of the mouth are very closely connected. Studies have linked poor mouth health to diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, certain pregnancy complications and other health problems. In turn, certain conditions can increase your risk for mouth diseases. For example, those with diabetes are more likely to get gingivitis.

Healthy teeth and gums, however, promote self-esteem, assist in maintaining proper nutrition, promote more frequent positive social interaction and contribute to a general sense of well-being.

As we mentioned, infection and bacteria in the mouth can exacerbate existing conditions, and similarly, existing systemic problems can lead to mouth troubles. You mouth can also warn you of other problems with the body’s overall health. A few signals it can send that something is wrong are:

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

Talk with Dr. Stephen Henry if you deal with any of these symptoms. These can be signs that there are more serious problems occuring throughout the body. At Dr. Stephen Henry DDS, we want your whole body to be as healthy as possible.

For more information or to set an appointment, call Dr. Stephen Henry DDS in Foster City, California, at 650-341-5656. Our team is happy to help you keep your mouth and body healthy!