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The Practice of Veterinary Dentistry: A Team Effort

ISBN: 978-0-8138-2617-2
204 pages
March 1999, Wiley-Blackwell
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As business competitiveness increases in veterinary medicine, comprehensive veterinary dental service has become a key to success for many practitioners. Yet, historically, dentistry has been a neglected aspect of veterinary training. This book fills the need for dentistry information. It explains how to: Integrate dentistry into a general practice; Understand important dental principles; Acquire and use proper equipment; Perform or refer procedures in endodontics, periodontal surgery and orthodontics; Train staff in care of dental patients and owners; Teach owners the importance of dentistry to overall animal health.

The book also emphasises the cooperative role between veterinarian and client in maintaining animal dental health and rendering proper preventative and corrective procedures.

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Table of Contents

Foreword by (Gerard B. Selin).


1. Philosophy and Teamwork.

2. Anatomy and Nomenclature.

3. Oral Examination.

4. Equipping Your Dental Practice.

5. The Why, When, and How of Small Animal Dental Radiology.

6. Twelve Steps of the Professional Teeth-Cleaning Visit.

7. Decisions, Decision, Decisions: Periodontal, Endodontic, Feline Oral, and Orthodontic Care.

8. Proposing Care.

Appendix 1. Client Handouts and Other Dental Care Forms.

Appendix 2. Sources of Dental Equipment and Information.


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Author Information

Jan Bellows, DVM, has been the owner/operator of the Pet Health Care Center/ All Pets Dental Clinic in Pembroke Pines, Florida, for over 20 years. With a doctor of veterinary medicine degree from the Auburn School of Veterinary Medicine, he is also an assistant clinical professor in the Department of Oral Medicine at Nova University School of Dentistry. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners and the American Veterinary Dental College as well as a fellow of the Academy of Veterinary Dentistry. Dr. Bellows created the home study course for the American Society of Veterinary Dental Technicians.
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