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THE AWAKE ORAL EXAM

The most cooperative veterinary patient will not allow a comprehensive oral exam. Despite this, we acquire a lot of valuable information from the awake exam. 

Before looking in the mouth we examine the head and face for symmetry, swelling, discharges from eyes and nose, and bad breath. In the mouth we look for many more things:

  • plaque and calculus (tartar)
  • missing teeth
  • teeth that are worn, chipped, broken (fractured), or discolored
  • gums (gingiva) that are red, bleeding, swollen or recessed
  • improper position of teeth (malocclusion)
  • unusual masses or ulcerations of other oral soft tissues  
  • jaw abnormalities
When the awake exam is complete we do not yet know everything we need and want to know about the patient's mouth, but we have established an essential baseline and identified the "red flags" of potential trouble spots before we proceed with the anesthetized exam and cleaning. 

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