Alumni of St. George’s University School of Veterinary Medicine (SGUSVM) and veterinarians from around the world gathered at St. George’s University in September for the Practical Veterinary Dentistry Continuing Education (CE) Conference covering the importance of oral health for animals.
The main presenter, Dr. Johnathon Robert Dodd, Clinical Professor with the Department of Small Animal Clinical Science at Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine, noted that oral health is sometimes overlooked, but stressed its importance as an indicator of general health and the overall well-being of animals.
“We recognize that as you begin taking care of a pet’s oral condition, their health drastically improves,” he said. “In the last 20 years we have been doing a better job at keeping the oral cavity healthy – in both pets and humans. Our pets are living longer, as are we, in part because of good preventative dental care.”
Dr. Dodd honed in on the need for keeping oral health exams as part of routine office visits by highlighting the prevalence of periodontal diseases. “ The rate of dental disease is about 80 percent for dogs and 70 percent for cats. By the time a dog is 3, it’s likely that the animal will show some form of dental disease. ”
According to Dr. Gregory Wybern, Director of Continuing Education within the School of Veterinary Medicine at St. George’s University, “These CE conferences allow our alumni and other veterinarians to expand their knowledge while raising the bar for veterinarians around the world. It’s an added benefit that participants at this conference are awarded eight AAVSB-approved credits toward their continuing education.”
The objective of the Practical Veterinary Dentistry Continuing Education (CE) Conference was to familiarize participants with current diagnostic and treatment modalities in the practice of small animal dentistry. Instructional course included presentations on various stages of periodontal disease, oral pathology, basic prophylaxis techniques and dental radiography were presented throughout the conference.