Practice owner Southwest Animal Hospital Las Vegas, NV, United States
Periodontal disease is the most commonly occurring disease in a general practice environment. Early identification and convincing clients of treatment is the hallmark of providing therapies that will save teeth and prevent infection and development of pain. In this session we will talk about methods to demonstrate and convince clients their pet needs care before extraction is the only option. A combination of dental radiographic interpretation with a thorough oral exam guide help guide treatment recommendations. Understanding instrumentation (power and hand instrumentation) will drive discussion.
Define the 5 stages of periodontal disease
Describe how radiographic findings are important for periodontal disease staging and guide treatment
List what findings on awake oral examination suggest periodontal disease (infection and pain) exist
Describe how a basic dental cleaning is performed and what instrumentation options exist
Describe different home dental care recommendation strategies