The first step in basic dental procedures is to chart your patient.
Why Do You Need to Chart Your Dental Cases?
Charting is essential to record the presence of health and/or
disease in a form that can be used now and later.
At its very simplest form, it is necessary for medico-legal
protection reasons to know what teeth and pathology was present
before treatment was started.
The success, or otherwise, of treatments is impossible to gauge
over time without gathering the proper information at initial
It is a good clinical habit to develop. The client is often
impressed by the time taken to gather information that they
can easily understand and use themselves to play their part
in the maintenance of the oral cavity.
Many different charts exist in the vet dental literature. Use
one that suits your purposes.