Thomas Ramey Watson

Your mouth speaks volumes about your health

Some messages coming out of your mouth bypass the vocal chords.

Turns out that your teeth, gums, and surrounding tissues also have plenty to say — about your overall health.

“Your mouth is connected to the rest of your body,” says Anthony Iacopino, dean of the University

of Manitoba Faculty of Dentistry and a spokesperson for the American Dental Association.

“What we see in the mouth can have a significant effect on other organ systems and processes in the body.

And the reverse is also true: Things that are going on systemically in the body can manifest in the mouth.”

So stay attuned to the following warning messages, and have worrisome symptoms checked out by a dentist or doctor.

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