Oral ATP

Oral Health Education Series

This five-part video series addresses the Oral Assessment, Treatment and Prevention (ORAL ATP™) protocol. Please take the time to view each video, paying close attention to procedural details and answer the corresponding questions to each section.

Each quiz will be graded at one time and in order to receive credit you must answer 80% of the questions correctly for each of the five videos.

Dental Cleaning

  1. Dental charting is one of the most __________ parts of the dental procedure.

  2. How many teeth do dogs have?

  3. How many teeth do cats have?

  4. Dental charting evaluates:

  5. The essential equipment and tools required for dental charting are:


  6. The dental exam chart should read like a story and provide:


  7. _____ percent of a tooth exists below the gum line and can be affected by periodontal disease.


  8. Create a __________ way of charting.

  9. Two-handed charting is more efficient than four-handed charting.
  10. When charting pay particular attention to:


Cleaning & Polishing Teeth

  1. Oral assessment, treatment and prevention should be carried out at least once or twice per year.
  2. How many steps are there to efficient cleaning and polishing?

  3. Best practices in dental care include monitoring a patient on anaesthesia throughout the procedure with:


  4. ________________ and ________________ used together will help remove the etches on teeth that come from the dental scaling process.


  5. Instruments used in the cleaning and polishing process include:


  6. Why is it important to anaesthetise the patient?


  7. According to the ORAL ATP™ process, how many steps are there to ensure the safest anaesthetic outcome?

  8. Calculus should be removed from above the gum line only.
  9. Home care is not required after cleaning and polishing.
  10. Anaesthesia-free dentistry:

Dental X-Rays

  1. X-rays may be performed without the patient under anaesthesia depending on the skill of the veterinarian or veterinarian nurse.
  2. The X-ray generator tube head should be positioned at a _____ degree angle to expose diagnostic films for most of the maxillary teeth.


  3. Dental radiology is only important for every third dental case.
  4. Dental radiology is important because ___ percent of periodontal disease is below the gum line.


  5. When performing intra-oral radiology you can use either analogue or digital image capture techniques.
  6. Protective X-ray attire is optional when performing radiology.
  7. Thyroid shields and aprons are not proper X-ray attire.
  8. Digital radiology is fast, stored in the computer and requires no chemicals.
  9. Neither analogue nor digital radiology techniques require an X-ray generator.

Educating Clients

  1. Veterinary consults are the only form of dental care required.
  2. Proper home care delays the onset of plaque and tartar accumulation.
  3. Promoting oral care is the responsibility of _________ in the veterinary practise.

  4. _______________ is the gold standard in at-home dental care.


  5. Most clients readily accept brushing their pet's teeth on a daily basis.
  6. When daily brushing isn't possible, VOHC-approved dental treats are an acceptable alternative to brushing your pet's teeth?
  7. VOHC stands for the:


  8. Puppies and kittens are too young to start on a dental plan.
  9. Dental patients should be back in the clinic within ___ months for a follow-up appointment.

Preparing a Take-Home Dental Care Kit

  1. The purpose of designing an at-home care plan for each of your patients is to help control plaque and calculus buildup between cleanings.
  2. In the ORAL ATP™ process, the:


  3. How often should clients provide plaque prevention in dogs and cats?


  4. A take-home dental kit reinforces your commitment as an oral health care specialist.
  5. Take-home dental kits allow you to:


  6. It is important to evaluate the patient's willingness to accept options available and the client's ability to provide them. (Tooth brushing, dental treats, diets and additives)
  7. Follow-up examinations are important as they help you monitor and evaluate any progression of the disease that may occur.

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This program was reviewed and approved by the Australian Veterinary Association and the National Industry Advisory Group for Veterinary Nursing for continuing education credit. Please contact each association's respective review boards should you have any comments or concerns regarding this program.