WSAVA Dental Guidelines

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The World Small Animal Veterinary Association Guidelines are finally finished - check them out to stay in the loop.

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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, and various systemic effects of oral infection.
  • Due to the substantial amount of pain and infection, including the extreme 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.
  • Less than 20% of veterinary schools in the US - and even fewer worldwide - have a veterinary dentist on staff.


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