An Introduction to Pet Dental Care
For Veterinary Technicians and Nurses
Periodontal disease is one of the most common diseases observed by small animal practitioners, and it is not uncommon for the veterinary technician to be the first line in oral health assessment and treatment. Despite this, current dentistry training for veterinary technicians and nurses is often very limited.
This book explains the causes, consequences, prevention and treatment of pet dental diseases including periodontal disease, fractured teeth, tooth resorption, dental malocclusions, oral masses, jaw fractures, and other oral conditions. It covers:
- Instruction in essential skills such as dental cleaning, charting, radiography, and equipment maintenance.
- Advanced skills such as the administration of regional nerve blocks and periodontal treatments.
- The aetiology and treatment of common oral conditions.
1: More Than Just Bad Breath: Periodontal Disease
2: Comprehensive Oral Health Assessment and Treatment (COHAT), Dental Instrument Use and Maintenance
3: Dental Essentials: Dental Charting, Dental Radiography, and Pain Management
4: If It’s Broke, Fix it! Tooth Fractures, Discoloured Teeth, Abrasion, and Attrition
5: The Hole Problem: Tooth Resorption and Caries
6: Out of Place: Malocclusions
7: Lumps and Bumps: Oral Masses and Cysts
8: Seeing Red: Stomatitis, Feline Juvenile Gingivitis, and Contact Mucositis
9: Bad to the Bone: Jaw Fractures, TMJ Luxation, Avulsed and Luxated Teeth
10: Common Dental Problems of Rabbits, Rodents, and Other Small Mammals
11: Gaining Client Compliance, Dental Estimates, and the Dangers of Anaesthesia-Free Dentistry
12: Admitting, Preparing, and Recovering Dental Patients; A Day in the Life of a Pet Receiving a COHAT
13: Sending Them Home: Postoperative Care
14: How to Brush the Teeth of Dogs and Cats: Developing Dental Homecare Programs
15: Understanding the Science Behind Dental Homecare Products
16: Advocating for Pet Dental Health