Why is this initiative important?
Oral and dental disease is an extremely common and painful condition:
- Dental/oral disease is the most common medical issue in small animal medicine.
- Oral disease IS painful. However, veterinary patients rarely show signs of pain.
- There are numerous significant local and regional consequences of oral infection. There are numerous significant systemic effects of oral infection.
- Due to the significant amount of pain and infection, including the significant local, regional and systemic consequences, un- and undertreated oral and dental pathology significantly decreases the patient’s quality of life.
- This can and should be interpreted as an animal welfare program.
- There is a tremendous lack of dental education in the veterinary profession.
- Less than 20% of veterinary schools in the US and even fewer worldwide have a veterinary dentist on staff.
Based on the above:
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- There exist a significant number of myths regarding dentistry.
- Oral, dental, and maxillofacial disease is significantly under as well as poorly treated.
- This misinformation not only results in poor treatment, but has allowed procedures such as anesthesia-free dentistry to flourish.
- Confusion as to the cause of periodontal disease has also created a culture in which antibiotics are used to excess in dental disease.
- There is likely no area of veterinary medicine that needs education and standardization more than dentistry.