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A survey of current dental problems and treatments of zoo animals



Although communication among zoos and aquariums about animal dental practices is increasing among Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) institutions, little printed information is available about the general dental practices and dental problems commonly encountered. In order to encourage communication and collaboration among practicing institutions, we surveyed AZA-sanctioned zoos and aquariums to determine trends in zoo dentistry. Results are presented from 53 participating institutions, discussing the most common problems encountered (malocclusions, dental fractures and periodontal disease) across specific animal groups, and a range of personnel participating in dental procedures (licensed veterinarians, dentists, veterinary technicians). Our results provide a foundation of common dental practices, encouraging additional research-oriented studies and collaboration between zoos and aquariums in the field of animal dentistry.