Are You An Advocate of Oral Health?

QUESTION:

I am a current fourth year veterinarian student. Recently I have really been struggling with my love for dentistry and just the lack or oral health care that is currently available in the world of veterinary medicine. I feel like this in an area we need to desperately improve!!! So Dr. Glass, I just have one question for you- are you an advocate of oral health?

 

ANSWER:

I have an answer for you: Yes! I believe that good oral hygiene is an integral part of preventative medicine. Although general practitioners are slowly increasing their level of oral health care like having dental rads available, at least there's progress in the right direction. I'm fortunate to be at a practice that has dental radiography available. I also believe that there needs to be a push from veterinary medicine to develop products that make compliance with clients much easier when it comes to oral health. 

 

- Dr. G