What You Should Expect from a Company or Individual Providing a Professional Outpatient Preventive Dental (POPD)
Through years of progressive thinking, and utilizing every available avenue of literature written by board-certified veterinary and human dentists, there have been leaps and bounds made by such individuals who have dedicated their lives to setting standards and guidelines to follow when offering a non-anesthetic dental procedure.
- The dental technician(s) must have a minimum of two years working as a registered veterinary technician or assistant. It’s imperative that they understand all elements of a veterinary practice.
- They must have a minimum of 18 months working as a non-anesthetic dental provider.
- They must have three veterinarian sponsors from two separate clinics. They must practice a professional approach, be educated on the importance of all aspects of dentistry, and a have solid understanding of why a POPD is a medical procedure.
- They must be a member of the NPDA.
- They must be CPR and first aid certified by the American Red Cross.
- They must have an overall knowledge of and ability to recognize pathological abnormalities. It is imperative that they have the ability to perform a thorough prophylaxis in a safe manner. This requires an overall understanding of both practical skills and a comprehensive knowledge on performing a complete dental.
- Their equipment must be sterile, clean, and organized.
- They must be professional, courteous, and compassionate. They must uphold and practice the guidelines and code of ethics set forth by veterinarians.