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Dentistry: Polishing Up Your Dental Basics

Dentistry: Polishing Up Your Dental Basics

Dentistry: Polishing Up Your Dental Basics

Jeanne Perrone, CVT, VTS (Dentistry)
Jeanne Perrone, CVT, VTS (Dentistry)
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Launch date: 03 Sep 2015
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Last updated: 19 May 2017

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Healthy mouths help companion animals feel better and live longer. Often periodontal disease is so significant that patients are unable to eat normally, have decreased activity levels, and reduced tolerance levels for other pets or family members. Many animals are living in unnecessary pain.

Oral examination should be a part of every physical exam, monitoring for disease progression, and making specific recommendations for dental health. Most pet owners never look inside their pet's mouth. They cannot make informed decisions regarding dental care without first understanding the impact of dental disease and the options for prevention and treatment.

Veterinary assistants and veterinary technicians are crucial to quality dental services. Although the role of the assistant and the role of the technician are different, by working together as a team they can greatly assist the veterinarian. A well-educated practice team speaks with one voice, delivering a consistent message regarding dental health. The veterinarian cannot do it alone and the pet owner often needs to speak with multiple members of the team to help internalize the information provided.

This course is an essential stepping stone to creating a strong dental component within the practice, building long-lasting relationships with clients and, providing a lifetime of care.


On completion of this course the learner will be able to:
1. Identify anatomical structures of the oral cavity
2. Discuss odontegenesis and recognize primary and permanent teeth
3. Conduct an effective client interview
4. Evaluate the oral cavity on a conscious patient
5. Prepare and present a treatment estimate
6. Identify pieces of equipment needed for a veterinary dental operatory
7. Describe the function and define the maintenance requirements for each piece of dental equipment
8. Evaluate and implement personal protection equipment used in the veterinary dental operatory
9. Recognize cumulative trauma and repetitive strain disorders and implement procedures to prevent them from occurring
10. Facilitate a successful anesthetic event from induction to recovery
11. Evaluate and implement effective pain protocols for the dental patient
12. Identify parts of the anesthetic machine and other anesthetic monitoring devices
13. Identify, evaluate, and the implement the use of various hand instruments and power equipment utilized in the dental operatory
14. Identify and utilize the Anatomical and Triadan charting systems
15. Describe the techniques used to complete a dental prophy
16. Develop instrument and equipment maintenance protocols
17. Identify and differentiate a film and digital radiology system
18. Describe positioning techniques used to obtain dental radiographs
Jeanne Perrone, CVT, VTS (Dentistry)

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Jeanne Perrone, CVT, VTS (Dentistry)
on behalf of VetMedTeam

Jeanne received her degree in veterinary technology from Parkland College in Champaign, IL. She earned her credentialing as a VTS (Dentistry) in 2006. Currently, she is self-employed as a consultant, trainer, and educator for technicians in veterinary dentistry. Jeanne instructs for the BAS VT program in dentistry at St. Petersburg College. She edited and published the book Small Animal Dental Procedures for Veterinary Technicians and Nurses, published by Wiley-Blackwell.

Jeanne is a founding member and former president of the Academy of Veterinary Dental Technicians, a NAVTA Specialty Group which mentors, trains and certifies credentialed technicians to be specialists in dentistry.

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This course has been certified by or provided by the following Certified Organization/s:

  • AAVSB-Registry of Approved Continuing Education (RACE)
  • 0.25 Hours -
    Exam Attempts: 3
    Exam Pass Rate: 70

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