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Periodontal disease is the most common disease identified in dogs and cats. 1 Local severity and the impact on the rest of the body are reasons that all companion animal patients should receive an oral examination every time they are at a veterinary facility. 2,3

Veterinary dentistry has progressed from the dental or prophylactic procedures of the 20th century, which often involved an injection of a short-acting tranquilizer or anesthetic and a few minutes spent removing supragingival calculus, to the current comprehensive treatment of periodontal and other dental diseases that require general anesthesia. The days of clean-and-pull or watchful

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in Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association