Veterinary dentistry is constantly progressing and the need arose to revise the 2005 AAHA Dental Care Guidelines for Dogs and Cats. AAHA recently published the 2013 AAHA Dental Care guidelines, which are available online.

The purpose of this document is to provide guidelines for the practice of companion animal dentistry for the veterinary profession. Dental care is necessary to provide optimum health and optimize quality of life. Untreated diseases of the oral cavity are painful and can contribute to local and systemic diseases. The guidelines include information about preventive oral health care, client communication, evaluation, dental cleaning, and treatment. In addition, materials and equipment necessary to perform a medically appropriate procedure are described.

These guidelines are supported by generous educational grants from Hill's Pet Nutrition; Merial, Ltd.; Virbac Animal Health; and PDx BioTech; and are endorsed by the American Veterinary Dental College.



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