Cats are not dogs. Small dogs are plagued primarily
with various degrees of periodontal disease (gingivitis
and periodontitis). Large dogs more commonly present
with gingivitis, fractured teeth, and oral masses. Feline
Dentistry: Oral Assessment, Treatment, and Preventative
Care was born primarily to give cats their fair due, a
book on dentistry dedicated solely to their species.
Cats also are affected by periodontal disease and fractured
teeth, but their main oral pathologies include
tooth resorption, oropharangyeal infl ammation, and
Since the publication of the first edition of Forensic Dentistry in 1997 the
discipline of forensic odontology has experienced considerable growth. Like
all forensic specialties, forensic dentistry or forensic odontology has enjoyed
(some may say suffered) a great increase in public interest during this period.
Forensic dentists assist medical examiners, coroners, police, other law
enforcement agencies, and judicial officials to understand the significance
of dental evidence in a variety of criminal and civil case types.