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The health of the body and the health of the mouth, good or bad, are very closely connected. Studies have linked poor mouth health to diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, certain pregnancy complications and other negative health conditions. A healthy oral system, on the other hand, can promote self-esteem, assist in maintaining proper nutrition, prevent halitosis, promote social interaction, and contribute to a general sense of well-being.

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

-Swollen gums
-Reduced saliva flow (“dry mouth”)
-Ulcers
-Lesions
-Bleeding gums
-Bone loss in the jaw or elsewhere
-Halitosis

Talk with Dr. Kenneth Hancock if you have any of these symptoms or other questionable changes to your mouth health. These can be signs that there are more serious problems going on throughout the body. At Kenneth Hancock DDS, we want your whole body to be as healthy as possible.

For more information, call Kenneth Hancock DDS in Olympia, Washington, at 360-464-2099. Dr. Kenneth Hancock and our team are happy to help!