You may be surprised to learn that Drs. Goldstein and Dr. Jaffe often work along with physicians to help identify diseases. Many patients assume that a dentist can only find a broken tooth or gum disease, but there are some unexpected illnesses that they can detect just by examining your mouth.
Diabetes is a serious problem throughout the world. In the United States, around 29 million people have it. It can be fatal if not properly managed. That’s why early detection is essential to maintaining good health.
Several symptoms caused by diabetes appear in your mouth. Your dentist may be able to identify this condition if they notice wiggly teeth, dry mouth, excessive bleeding, and dry or receding gums.
Around 30,000 new cases of oral cancer are reported each year. This disease is the sixth most common among all types of cancer diagnosed in America. When caught in its early stages, survival rates can be over 80%.
Your dentist may be able to detect oral cancer if they notice red or white lesions on your tongue, soft palate tissues, or along the bottom of your mouth. These are usually painless at first, making them more difficult for patients to notice without their dentist’s help. Goldstein Dental Group offers a VELscope screening to help detect oral cancer.
Crohn’s disease is a chronic inflammatory condition that affects the intestines. It is often diagnosed in young people between the ages of 15 and 30. It can be managed, as long as it is correctly diagnosed.
As much as 20% of patients with Crohn’s disease will develop mouth lesions. These may appear after other symptoms like diarrhea and cramping. Doctors have found dime-sized ulcers on the cheeks and lips. Your dentist can help identify these symptoms, so you get the treatment you need.
Take care of your teeth and your body starting with a dental exam. Contact Goldstein Dental Group in Novi, Michigan today to schedule an appointment.