Table 1. Definitions Pertaining to Dental Guidelines*



Dental chart

A written and graphical representation of the mouth with adequate space to indicate lesions and procedures; see Table 6

Dental prophylaxis

To remove plaque and calculus from the teeth above and beneath the gumline, to prevent periodontitis


The evaluation, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of abnormalities of the oral cavity, maxillofacial area, and associated structures; may include nonsurgical, surgical, or related procedures


The treatment and therapy of diseases of the pulp canal system

Exodontia (extraction)

A surgical procedure whereby a tooth is removed


Inflammation of the gingiva without attachment loss

Oral surgery

The surgical invasion and manipulation of hard and soft tissue


The evaluation and treatment of malpositioned teeth

Periodontal disease

The disease process that begins with gingivitis and progresses to periodontitis when left untreated


A destructive process involving the loss of supportive structures of the teeth

Periodontal surgery

The surgical treatment of periodontal disease

Periodontal therapy

The treatment of periodontal disease

Periodontal packet

Attachment loss, apical migration of the epithelial attachment, and transformation of the junctional epithelium into pocket epithelium

*Some of the definitions in this Table were derived from descriptions in Holstrom SE, Frost-Fitch P, Eisner ER. Veterinary Dental Techniques for the Small Animal Practitioner. 3rd ed. Philadelphia: WB Saunders, 2004.

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The Smile Book V
The Oral Assessment, Treatment and Prevention Visit
Jan Bellows, D.V.M. Diplomate, American Veterinary Dental College
Getting Ready
Oral Assessment, Treatment and Prevention
Table 1. Definitions
Table 2. Materials
Table 3. Instruments
Table 4. Equipment
Table 5. Minimum Protective Devices
Table 6. Items to Include

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