The ABCs of veterinary dentistry collection
We've gathered together all of the articles in the ongoing ABCs of veterinary dentistry series by Jan Bellows, DVM, DAVDC, DABVP, FAVD, in one place. Your chance to brush up on all of your dental skills!
A to C (that's "A" for anethesia, and "BC" for basics concepts of operative dentistry)
The start of an alphabetic journey through the management of our veterinary patients' oral problems.
"D" is for dentistry
The fun continues on our alphabetic journey through the management of our veterinary patients' oral problems.
"E" is for enamel
Make sure your knowledge of what can go wrong with this natural tooth covering—the hardest substance in the body—isn't too superficial.
"F" is for furcation disease
A buildup of calculus and plaque in this area can make a tooth prone to attachment loss, causing serious, painful disease if not caught early.
"G" is for gingiva
As you are readily familiar, if this vital oral tissue that protects the teeth becomes inflamed, a progressive and painful disease can develop if not halted with good dental care.
"H" is for hair havoc
When hair becomes embedded in the oral cavities of your veterinary patients, it can cause inflammation and the destruction of periodontal attachment. Know where to look for it, how to treat it and how to keep it from recurring.
"I" is for informed consent
An in-depth look at what can go wrong during a dental procedure and how much to share with veterinary clients.
"J" is for jaw fractures
It's all smooth sailing until a maxilla or mandible mishap. Here's some help on navigating the sometimes scary course of jaw fracture repair.
"K" is for kick starting your dental practice
We're almost halfway through the alphabet. It's time for a pep talk on the absolute good dental care does for your patients.
"L" is for "Looks like we're too late"
Dr. Bellows asks whether we're emphasizing prevention enough in the dental care of our patients.
"M" is for malposition and malocclusion
In veterinary medicine, the goal of orthodontic correction isn’t a pretty smile but pain-free, functional occlusion.
"N" is for no
By nature of the alphabet, we must get through all of the noes in veterinary dentistry before we can reach the yeses—but that doesn’t mean you won’t feel positively inspired to better your dental practices after reading.
"O" is for oral masses of the benign kind
Observing a growth in a dog or cat’s mouth doesn’t have to be an ‘Oh, no!’ moment. With careful planning, cytology, histopathology and proper surgical margins, removing benign masses carries an excellent prognosis.
"O" is for oral masses of the malignant kind
The histopathology report from the oral biopsy came back as malignant—now what? Surgery? Radiation? Chemotherapy? Watchful waiting?