Beyond brushing pets' teeth

March 8, 2019
Mary L. Berg, BS, RVT, RLATG, VTS (dentistry)

Mary L. Berg, BS, RVT, RLATG, VTS(Dentistry) is a Charter member of the Academy of Veterinary Dental Technicians and received her Veterinary Technician Specialty in Dentistry in June 2006. Mary is currently serving as the treasurer of the AVDT and the American Society of Veterinary Dentistry. She is the past president of the KVTA and a member at large of the NAVTA board. Mary worked in research for more than 22 years, specializing in products aimed at improving oral health of companion animals. She was the practice manager and dental technician specialist at Gentle Care Animal Hospital in Lawrence, Kansas, for more than seven years and is currently the president of Beyond the Crown Veterinary Education, a veterinary dental consulting service. She and her husband Doug live on a farm near Lawrence, Kansas, with a menagerie of animals.

Adapting to what veterinary clients will put up with.

Fetch dvm360 conference speaker Mary Berg, BS, RVT, RLATG, VTS (dentistry), calls clients brushing their pets' teeth "the gold standard." But let's face it: It's not happening with the frequency you'd like to see. In lieu of this, she has other suggestions that may be easier for clients to adopt. How to sharpen dental elevators with a smile:

"I've been switching over to recommending products that are going to help the pet have better oral cavity," she says.

Berg cites products given approval by the Veterinary Oral Health Council (VOHC), dental diets and treats that clean as they're eaten, among others.

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