Table 6. Items to Include in the Dental Chart and/or Medical Record


 Medical and dental history, including diet, chewing habits and home care

 Physical examination, medical and dental history findings

 Oral examination findings

 Anesthesia and surgery monitoring log and surgical findings

 Any dental, oral, or other diseases currently present in the animal

 Abnormal probing depths - tooth by tooth

 Dentition chart - note specific abnormalities, e.g., discolored, worn, missing, malpositioned or fractured teeth; supernumerary teeth; soft tissue masses

 Current and future treatment plan - addressing all abnormalities found, initial decisions and changes based on subsequent findings

 Any recommendations given, accepted or declined by the client


NOTE: Tables 4, 5 and 6 were excerpted from the AAHA Dental Care Guidelines for Dogs and Cats.

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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
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Oral Assessment, Treatment and Prevention
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Table 3. Instruments
Table 4. Equipment
Table 5. Minimum Protective Devices
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