Today, most veterinary hospitals are performing corrective dentistry for years of pets’ untreated oral problems. The average dental case totals $427, according to AAHA.* Veterinary Pet Insurance says the average claim for pet teeth cleaning in 2013 was $170. In contrast, the average claim amount for treating dental-related disease was $221. Periodontal disease accounted for the most dental claims received last year by VPI—more than 25,000. Tooth infections, inclusive of cavities and abscesses, accounted for the second most common dental-related claims, totaling more than 10,600. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, 80% of dogs and 70% of cats show signs of oral disease by the age of 3. Compliance for professional dental cleanings is 38%, according to the 2009 AAHA study, “Compliance: Taking Quality Care to the Next Level.”
Learn how to focus your conversation on the medical benefits of treating now. Delaying care could lead to advanced disease and higher treatment costs.
Title: Communicating Value for Preventive Dentistry
Date: Delivered Wednesday, August 20, 2014 from 7– 8 pm EST (6 – 7 pm CST; 5 – 6 pm MST; 4 – 5 pm PST)
Speaker: Wendy S. Myers, President of Communication Solutions for Veterinarians
Hours: 1 hour of RACE-approved CE
Thanks to generous sponsorship from Communication Solutions for Veterinarians, this webinar was delivered free to all!
* AAHA Veterinary Fee Reference, 8th edition
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