Review Article| Volume 35, ISSUE 4, P781-787, July 2005

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The Gold Standard of Veterinary Oral Health Care

      Veterinary dentistry has evolved to the point that consumers now demand and expect the best oral health care possible for their pets. Through the efforts of the American Veterinary Dental Society, Academy of Veterinary Dentistry, and American Veterinary Dental College in conjunction with the American Veterinary Medical Association, Hill's Pet Nutrition, and other industry leaders, the public has been made aware of the significance of our pet's oral health problems. The industry has discovered the veterinary dental market, and a plethora of companies provide all sorts of products designed to “freshen breath” and “reduce gum disease.” Pets are living longer because of better nutrition and health care. Most veterinarians recognize the need for examining the pet's mouth as well as the rest of the patient's body to determine areas of medical concern. Although the recognition of importance has improved, the delivery of care has not improved. It is time the veterinary health community elevates the care provided to satisfy consumer demand.
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