Felis ISSN 2398-2950

Dental: oral examination

Contributor(s): Lisa Milella, Alex Smithson

Introduction

  • Clients approaching the veterinary clinic with a specific oral or dental concern for their pet represent only a small proportion of pet owners with animals exhibiting dental disease. The vast majority of oral pathology is out of sight, out of mind and clinical signs may be absent or complex. Malignant changes often go undetected until late stage without regular oral checks.
  • Each tooth may be seen as an individual 'patient' - with 42 teeth in the dog and 30 in the cat, there is a lot to look at. Furthermore, on viewing the oral cavity, only a low percentage of pathology is readily identifiable. It is, therefore, essential that animals receive monitoring on a regular basis and where concern or doubt exists thorough oral evaluation under general anesthesia is advised.

History and examination

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Oral assessment

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Oral radiology

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Recheck and Puppy and Kitten Clinics

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