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Do you have a six-month checkup approaching? If so, good for you! These appointments are vital for your oral health, especially because they help you prevent and treat major dental issues. To help you prepare for your appointment, our dental team is happy to tell you about the comprehensive exam portion of the appointment so you can understand a little more about the treatment provided.

After your dental cleaning, your dentist, Dr. Bennett Packard or Dr. David Packard, will come into the treatment room and begin the exam. First, he will inspect your teeth, gums, and dental X-rays. As he does this, he will look for any dental issues, like tooth decay and gum disease, as well as inspect the condition of your mouth and bone. Then, he will inspect your mouth and throat for cancer. This is nothing to worry about because it’s just a precaution.

This section of the appointment can help you prevent major dental issues. For instance, if you have a small, invisible crack in a tooth, additional pressure can make the crack bigger and bigger. After a time, it can result in a completely cracked tooth. Your dental exam can give your dentist a chance to identify the crack and treat it before it gets worse.

If you have any questions or if you would like to learn more about your comprehensive exam in Yakima, Washington, please contact our dental team at Creekside Dental at your earliest convenience. When you reach out to us by dialing 509.577.8277, we will be more than happy to assist you!