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Animal Dentistry & Oral Surgery Articles

Oral Fracture Repair: Wiring and Composite Splint

Orofacial trauma can result from a variety of mishaps, such as motor vehicle accident, fall from a height, kicking injury or bite wounds. Initial assessment of orofacial injuries should be done gently and preferably under sedation, proceeding from least invasive to most invasive. Evaluation should focus on asymmetry, swelling, discharge and injuries to adjacent structures.…

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General Comments About Oral Hygiene For Your Pet: Oral health is a function of professional therapy and continual home care. One procedure without the other will result in failure. The type and amount of home care necessary depends upon the extent of oral pathology present. This varies from animal to animal. Some pets get away…

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Dental Diets, Treats & Antiseptics

Dental Diets, Dental Treats and Chewing Exercise: There is no solid research that supports many of the dental health claims made by many manufacturers of diets, treats and chew objects for pets. The masticatory forces on food can create frictional forces that are physically able to prevent accumulation of plaque, and even remove it. Where…

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Safe and Appropriate Chew Toys for Dogs

Fractured pet teeth are one of the more common dental problems encountered by veterinary dentists. Broken teeth, more often than not, have exposed pulp tissues that subsequently become infected. Just like for humans, apical infection (apical periodontitis, dental “abscesses”) will occur in a matter of time. They are painful and cause exposure of the body to…

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Anesthesia Free Dental Cleanings

At ADOS we are more frequently encountering dogs that have had “Anesthesia-Free Dental Cleanings” or what has been termed “Non-professional Dental Scaling” (NPDS). The alternative is professional dental scaling that require general anesthesia. There are a few reasons for this notable increase. This is primarily the result of more owners being aware of the importance…

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The Importance of Veterinary Dental Radiology

Dental radiology is the core diagnostic modality for veterinary dental care. Trying to diagnose and treat dental disease without radiographs is like trying to treat ear disease without an otoscope, or diabetes mellitus without blood glucose measurements. If a practice is not currently taking dental radiographs, they are sending many, if not most, of their…

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Fractured Pet Teeth

Fractured teeth are common in dogs and cats and usually caused by either trauma to the head or from pets chewing on inappropriately hard objects such as bones. Often fractured teeth go unnoticed by the owners unless they directly observe the injury when it takes place. Veterinarians and technicians often identify fractured teeth incidentally while performing…

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