DENTISTRY · March 9th, 2018

Getting Below the Gumline: An NVA Dental Study

by Angela Morisette


For the past four years, the NVA Dental Team has assisted hospitals in closing the health gap surrounding dental disease. While they recognized dental disease was very common in pets, there were no industry statistics to answer questions about just how prevalent dental disease was across species, life stages, and different regions of the U.S.

To gain a better understanding of the prevalence of dental disease and to contribute to the veterinary dentistry knowledge base, the NVA Dental Business Operations Teams conducted a study and collected data from 177 hospitals over three years. They partnered with Dr. Jan Bellows (DVM, DAVDC, DABVP) for guidance on data interpretations.

The findings from this study were presented in September 2017 at the Veterinary Dental Forum in Nashville, and key findings were also published in the October 2017 AAHA Trends magazine. Below is the infographic from AAHA with the study’s key findings.

Infographic that appeared in AAHA’s Trends magazine.

If you’re interested in learning more about the study, please reach out to Angela Morisette ( If you’re interested in having your hospital participate in the Dental Program, please speak with your Division Leader or reach out to Elizabeth Garant ( for more details.

Angela Morisette


Support Center | Agoura Hills, CA

Angela works on the Marketing team and serves our community by managing projects relating to marketing analysis, the reminders program, and cross-functional initiatives.

One Response

  1. Joette De Fratus says:

    Nice job, NVA Dental Business Operations team! Great data.

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