Category Archives: Dentistry

Choosing the Best Veterinary Oral Health Products

A cat wrestles with a toothbrush

February is National Pet Dental Health Month. This annual awareness event highlights the importance of good dental care in pets. To help our readers do the best job possible caring for their pets’ teeth, I am going to highlight the Veterinary Oral Health Council (VOHC) and its work. Who is the VOHC? The VOHC consists

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New Research Helps to Keep Your Pet’s Teeth Healthy

A dog holding a toothbrush in its mouth

February is National Pet Dental Health Month. Tooth and gum disease is commonly diagnosed in dogs and cats. During routine veterinary examinations, dental tartar was the second most common problem identified; the number one problem is obesity. Last year we highlighted common dental problems in our photo blog for National Pet Dental Health Month 2015. For this year’s celebration,

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Feline Stomatitis: A Pain in the Mouth

A dog's teeth and gums

You can bet with a high degree of certainty that any medical condition ending in -itis is painful. Think appendicitis, neuritis and bronchitis. The suffix –itis means inflammation. Stomatitis means inflammation of the mouth, and in cats, the redness and swelling seen in the photo on the right characterizes feline stomatitis. Don’t confuse stomatitis with

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Dental DOs and DON’Ts

Brushing a dog's teeth

Because February is National Pet Dental Health Month, I spoke to all three of The AMC’s veterinary dentists to get a list of dental DOs and DON’Ts for my readers. A big shout-out to Drs. Dan Carmichael, Django Martel and Stephen Riback for their help in compiling this list. Dental DON’Ts – Bones, doggie breath

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Brush Up on Your Bicuspids: A Dog and Cat Tooth Tour

February is National Pet Dental Health Month. According to the American Veterinary Dental College, your pet needs daily toothbrushing and annual dental cleanings to keep their pearly whites white. Just like your visit to the dentist, where x-rays are taken to find periodontal disease or tooth abscesses, x-rays are a critical component of an annual

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