For both veterinary professionals and pet owners, the ability to recognize dental pain is limited because dogs and cats often mask overt signs of oral discomfort.
Credentialed veterinary technicians and veterinary assistants have a prominent role in canine and feline dental care.
The most important step in achieving compliance with oral health recommendations is getting the client to understand the value and believe in the importance of regular dental care.
It is critical to have a written protocol to avoid misunderstanding regarding an anesthetized oral exam.
Definitions that pertain to veterinary dental care guidelines.
Prevention of periodontal disease begins at the first visit, either for a puppy or kitten, as well as for a new adult patient.
Fear of anesthesia is the most common cause of clients’ decisions to forego dental procedures for their pets.
The 2019 AAHA Dental Care Guidelines have been developed to improve the quality of life for pets by helping veterinary practitioners navigate the complex and changing world of veterinary dentistry.