Dentistry Archive

Don’t Give a Dog a Bone

Frequently, while shopping for my dog’s food, I often overhear shopkeepers tell pet owners that dogs in the wild eat bones and therefore, it is not only necessary but also essential to give them to our pets. I cringe every time I hear this false myth. So below is my grand attempt at trying to

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Your Pet’s Dental Day

Thank you for entrusting us with the care of your pet. At Animal Medical Center, your pet’s safety is our first concern. All patients will receive a thorough examination and pre-operative blood work prior to your pet’s prophylactic dental cleaning. If abnormalities are detected, your doctor will contact you. Please make sure that you are

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Seven Dental Myths for Pets

I thought it would be fun to recognize February Pet Dental Health Month with seven of my favorite dental myths. Myth 1: When it comes to dental health, dry food is definitely better than canned food for your pet. For cats, this statement is false. In general, dry is not better for your cat’s oral health

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Invisible Dental Disease in Pets

Sometimes photographs tell a better story than words. Sometimes, together they tell the best story. One month ago, I examined an adorable six-year-old miniature long-haired dachshund named Daphne. She was happy and showing no signs of ill health. Here is a photograph of Daphne on the day of her examination. My physical examination revealed Daphne

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Toothbrushing and Dental Prophylaxis in Cats and Dogs

Why should I brush my dog’s or cat’s teeth? Daily removal of plaque is the key to an oral hygiene program. Unless your pet’s teeth are brushed daily, plaque, which is an accumulation of bacteria, will build up at the gum line. Eventually calculus forms, further irritating the gums, and then infection progresses to loosen

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Dentistry by the Non-Professional

Would you ever allow your hair stylist to clean your teeth? Then why would you ever allow your groomer or any other self-proclaimed animal expert to clean your pet’s teeth? These services from non-professionals are frequently referred to as “Anesthesia-Free Dental Cleanings.” The truth is, a groomer or anyone for that matter who advertises or

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