Dental Exam Specialist

Cromer & Cairns Dental

General Dentists & Cosmetic Dentists located in Vero Beach, FL

Regular dental exams and checkups are critical for both your oral and overall health. However, many people skip their routine preventive dental appointments and only see their dentist when there’s a problem. Problems with your teeth, like decay, tend to not present any symptoms until they’re severe. Julie Cromer, DDS, and the team at Cromer & Cairns Dental in Vero Beach, Florida, are there to provide preventive dental exams as well as crisis care. To maintain your oral health, call the office or use the online booking tool to schedule your dental exam today.

Dental Exam Q&A

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How does a dental exam help my overall health?

Your oral health is closely tied to your overall health. For example, some systemic diseases, like lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and diabetes show signs and symptoms in the mouth first. Studies also link inflammation from gum infections or periodontitis to heart disease, strokes, and arterial blockages. 

Professional dental cleanings are the only way to remove tartar buildup, which traps plaque and bacteria at the gumline.

What can I expect from my dental exam?

Your dental hygienist provides the following services during a dental exam: 

  • Examine your overall oral health and hygiene
  • Look for tooth and root decay, as well as gum and bone disease
  • Check your bite and jaw for any issues
  • Remove stains or deposits on your teeth
  • Take X-rays or perform any other necessary diagnostic procedures if necessary

The team at Cromer & Cairns Dental team offers comprehensive dental exams to ensure any potential problems are detected during the early stages when you can still receive treatment for them.

Why does the dentist take X-rays?

Not all diseases of the teeth and gums are visible during a standard visual exam. An X-ray can identify:

  • Decay found between the teeth or below fillings
  • Bone infections
  • Periodontal or gum disease
  • Cysts and abscesses
  • Tumors
  • Abnormalities occurring at the root of the teeth or in the gums

When Dr. Cromer has the opportunity to locate and treat dental problems when they’re still in the early stages, you can save time, money, and unnecessary pain. In cases where Dr. Cromer finds a hidden tumor, an X-ray can even be lifesaving. 

How can I prevent cavities?

Cavities occur when bacteria eat away at the enamel of the teeth. The enamel acts as its protective layer. When you consume foods and drinks containing sugar, the sugar feeds the bacteria. Brushing your teeth for 2-3 minutes after consuming sugary foods or drinks, including fruit, can scrub the bacteria away. 

Flossing is another crucial component in preventing cavities. It removes bacteria from the places a toothbrush can’t reach. 

If you’re unable to brush your teeth soon after consuming sugar, you can rinse your mouth with water to help wash away the bacteria.

What is periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease is an overall term used to describe all the diseases that occur in the gums, bones, and teeth. The most prevalent periodontal diseases for adults are gingivitis and periodontitis, both discovered during routine dental exams. Both gingivitis and periodontitis are caused by smoking, chewing tobacco, and neglecting your oral hygiene. 

Gingivitis causes the gums to become red and inflamed and to bleed easily. Untreated gingivitis becomes periodontitis. 

Periodontitis causes damage to the bones and the gums. Periodontitis can cause tooth decay and loss when untreated. It typically can not be identified without an X-ray until it reaches advanced stages.

Regular dental exams are crucial to your oral health. Schedule your next appointment with Dr. Cromer at Cromer & Cairns Dental today by calling the office or utilizing the convenient online scheduling tool.