Clients should be informed that groomers and others should never be allowed to scale a pet’s teeth.
Guidance for clients on appropriate chew toys and the benefits of regular home dental care.
It is critical to have a written protocol to avoid misunderstanding regarding an anesthetized oral exam.
The phrase “food be thy medicine” can apply to preventive dental healthcare. Commercial diets specifically designed to retard the accumulation of plaque and calculus are especially helpful if the owner is unable or unwilling to brush a pet’s teeth.
Written and verbal client communication is fundamental to the maintenance of pet oral health.
Not only is oral health a fundamental aspect of overall pet health and wellbeing, but veterinary dentistry is now considered a standard component of companion animal medicine.
12 essential steps of dental cleaning & therapy
Considerations for veterinary dental procedures.
The concept that a pet is suffering from oral pain, infection, and inflammation that may not be apparent but is affecting their quality of life is a reality that may not always be fully appreciated by the veterinary profession and often not understood by the pet owning public.
In select cases in which teeth cleaning, polishing, and extractions are not anticipated, heavy sedation may be appropriate and sufficient to collect limited baseline information. This page lists the considerations when considering sedation or general anesthesia in veterinary dentistry.