What is the vet looking for during a dog dental exam? - The Waggin' Train Veterinary Clinic

Basically, we're just looking for anything abnormal. To say that there's one thing I'm searching for is not true. It's just once you know what a normal mouth and healthy gums look like, you're looking for anything that varies from that—tartar, gingivitis, any of those things. So we start there, and then we kind of dig a little deeper if necessary.

What is the vet looking for during a dog dental exam? - Animal Hospital of Statesville

When we do a dental exam, we're looking for oral pathology. And what is oral pathology? Well, oral pathology is any kind of dental disease, whether it’s inflamed gums, a broken tooth, a foreign body in the mouth, or some type of a mass or tumor, so we’re essentially looking for any kind of dental disease.