A two-part strategy for encouraging dental care
1. Help clients overcome fears. Dr. Linick says clients' fear of anesthesia is their most common reason for refusing a dental procedure, trumping monetary concerns. "I show clients that we practice a higher standard of care," he says. He explains to clients that all his patients must have pre-anesthetic blood profiles completed within the two months prior to the procedure, and that during the procedure all patients receive:
2. Be persistent. "A dental exam must be part of every exam," Dr. Linick says. "If the client is resistant to a cleaning, I put a reminder in the computer for three months from that date." He then reminds the client at each subsequent exam that the pet's teeth aren't getting any better, the pet isn't getting any younger, and that there are systemic consequences to an unhealthy mouth.