We can’t say it often enough: Your dentist is often the first line of defense in keeping both your mouth AND your body healthy. That’s why, during your comprehensive exams, Dr. Steve Blechman is so thorough. Many patients feel they have never had an exam like his before! The thing is, we aren’t only looking at the health of your mouth, we are also scanning for oral manifestations of diseases such as:

  • Gastrointestinal diseases
  • Hematological disorders
  • Connective-tissue disorders
  • Pulmonary conditions
  • Drug-induced conditions
  • HIV
  • Skin diseases
  • Diabetes
  • Cancers
  • Heart disease
  • Kidney disease
  • Sleep apnea
  • TMJ disorder
  • Sinus problems
  • Eating disorders

The list could go on and on. Why do we do this? Ninety percent of systemic diseases have oral manifestations! And while we don’t diagnose or treat illnesses, your regular check-ups can help us stay alert to changes and problems that you may not have been aware of so you can get the medical help you need. Of course, we primarily focus on checking your teeth, gums, and jaw. We’ll be looking for even the smallest changes so we can stop problems like gum disease, decay, compromised restorations or dentition, or misalignment before they become major. And since all of our records are kept electronically, we can easily share your x-rays or intra-oral camera findings with you and store them for easy access at your next visit. It all adds up to clear information, convenient collaboration, and a healthier mouth – and you – for the long term.