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List of Contributors vii
Preface ix
Acknowledgments xi
About the Companion Website xiii
• Part I General Considerations: How to Start Dentistry 1
1 Establishing a Dental Presence within a General Veterinary Practice 3
2 Marketing and Communication in Veterinary Dentistry 27
3 Teaching Veterinary Dentistry 37
4 Distribution of Tasks Around the Dental Patient in General Practice: Receptionists, Technicians, and Other Veterinary Team Members 45
5 Prophylactic Program for Oral Health 59
6 Nutrition, Oral Health, and Feeding Dental Patients 75
7 Antimicrobials in Veterinary Dentistry 87
8 Dental Patient Welfare 109
• Part II The Dental Patient 119
9 Local, Regional, and Systemic Complications of Dental Diseases 121
10 Hereditary Oral Disorders in Purebred Dogs and Cats 133
11 Pain Management in the Dental Patient 139
12 Anesthesia of the Dental Patient 169
13 The Dental Patient and Its General Conditions: Cardiac Disease, Diabetes Mellitus, Pregnancy, History of Seizures, and Brachycephalic Syndrome 189
14 Ophthalmic Considerations in the Veterinary Dental Patient 201
15 Oral Health in the Context of Other Planned Surgeries 211
16 Systemic Diseases Influencing Oral Health and Conditions 219
17 Common Situations of Malpractice and Mistakes, and How Best to Avoid Them 233
18 Dentistry Through Life: Pediatric and Geriatric Dentistry 245
• Part III Dentistry in Daily Practice: What Every Veterinarian Should Know 259
19 Management of the Dental Patient 261
20 Professional Dental Cleaning 269
21 Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery: What’s the Difference? 291
22 Extraction Techniques and Equipment 305
23 Oral Emergencies 319
24 Feline Dentistry 339
• Part IV When to Call the Specialist 363
25 A Brief Introduction to Specific Oral and Dental Problems that Require Specialist Care 365
26 How to Cooperate with a Specialist 373
Useful Algorithms for the Management of Oral Problems 377
Appendix A: Drugs and Doses 387
Appendix B: Instruments Handling and Sharpening 393
Appendix C: Abbreviations and Dental Charts 399
Appendix D: List of Hereditary Problems and Breed Predispositions in Dogs and Cats 409
Appendix E: Tolerance of Malocclusion and Dental Abnormalities in Dogs 419
Appendix F: Assisted Feeding in Dental Patients (website) 423
Index 429

Provides an interdisciplinary approach to the veterinary dental patient and offers guidance on all aspects of integrating dentistry into veterinary general practice

The Veterinary Dental Patient: A Multidisciplinary Approach helps veterinarians understand the dental aspects of every canine and feline patient and shows them how to effectively manage their oral health. It also provides guidance to the rest of the veterinary team so they can offer a coordinated approach when recommending and performing veterinary dentistry as a regular part of general practice.

Edited by two prominent veterinary dentists who are Board Certified in both Europe and the United States, the text includes the latest information on safe anesthetic and monitoring protocols, accurate diagnosis and management, and referring patients to specialists. Chapters cover: establishing a dental presence in general veterinary practice; nutrition, oral health, and feeding dental patients; local, regional, and systemic complications of dental diseases; pain management; ophthalmic considerations; common situations for malpractice and mistakes; oral and maxillofacial surgery; extraction techniques and equipment; drug dosages and more. The book also offers several helpful appendixes.

The Veterinary Dental Patient: A Multidisciplinary Approach is an essential book for all vets in general small animal practice as well as the wider veterinary team, including managers, veterinary nurses and technicians, and administrative staff.