“Anyone who has never made a
mistake, has never tried something new.”
Welcome to our Vetdent's home page and for taking the time
to peruse our website and we sincerely hope that you will find what you are looking for. If not, it
would be a pleasure to assist you.
Did you read or even take note of the quotation above?
Were you able to relate it to a dental procedure you might have
performed or are currently performing?
Veterinary dentistry and all that this field involves, is still an
enigma to both vets and pet owners alike. Our domestic animals commonly suffer from dental / gum disease but
because it's not perceived as a "real" problem, many pets at home suffer with terrible tooth ache.
Our aim is to ensure that as many people, including all veterinary
staff and the general public, are made aware that veterinary dentistry is real and that the ability to detect
and treat the early signs of problems could result in a far happier life not only for the animal, but also the
owner and the veterinarian.
The main difference between human and animal dentistry lies in the
fact that almost all the veterinary patients require general anaesthesia to enable the vet to perform even the
most minor procedure such as a professional scale and polish.
Furthermore, veterinary patients vary greatly in the shape, size
and use of their teeth and it is important to understand each species' unique differences before even attempting
to treat them.
Through regular columns and email updates Dr Steenkamp aims to not
only share his knowledge and experience with vets and veterinary practices but also to post regular updates on
the work he has been doing to improve the lives of animals locally and around the world.
There is so much happening in the field of Veterinary Dentistry of
which no one is even aware. We aim to raise awareness by sharing all our experiences online and encourage anyone
who visits this website to read the articles and view the photographs.
We aim to keep our website updated on a regular basis, so there
should always be something fresh and new for everyone to enjoy.
If you would like become part of The Team and stay abreast of new
releases and updates, add your name to our database by completing the online Registration Form on the Dental
Column cover page.
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to join our Database.
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you may have.
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