Periodontal disease

Periodontal disease

Is this the look on your face when you think dentistry? Not your favorite subject because it likely wasn't emphasized in veterinary school. But you can get your patients' oral cavities back in biting form again—and pain-free—with this collection of articles on periodontal disease and extractions. And here's an area of practice in which your veterinary team can really pitch in to help create those healthy smiles.

Updates on periodontal disease

5 real world dental radiograph hacks

What can spiral perm rollers, a tree at noon and your own opposable thumbs teach you about taking dental radiographs? Heidi Lobprise, DVM, DAVDC, explains. ...

Senior dental care: Never too old for good dental health

With individualized anesthesia protocols and appropriate monitoring, veterinary dental procedures are safer than ever before. Now, all senior patients can enjoy the benefits of good dental care. ...

Nerve blocks, even for pluckers (we’re looking at you!)

Are you ready for the 12-year-old Yorkie that needs 24 teeth extracted? There’s no cookie-cutter approach in veterinary medicine! Here’s help. ...

Dental extractions: Leave 'em, take 'em , hold 'em or fold 'em?

When is dental extraction the treatment of choice? Find out in this first installment of a multipart series on what to do when faced with dental pathology. ...

Dental corner: To gag or not to gag—that is the question

Why you should trade your spring-loaded mouth gag for a gentler solution—especially for cats. ...

Diagnosing periodontal disease

3 steps to effective periodontal disease diagnosis

Visual examination, anesthetized probing and intraoral radiography can help you assess each patient's level of disease. ...

Periodontal probing: Stop when you see red

Gingival bleeding on probing indicates inflammation and requires treatment. ...

Why you need high-quality digital dental radiographs—and how to get them

Looking to make an investment for your practice this year? Put a digital dental radiography unit on your wish list, and you and your patients will all have happy and healthy smiles. ...

Introducing intraoral radiography into your patient care protocol

Digital imaging systems will enhance periodontal wellness for your veterinary patients—when you know how to present the benefits to clients. ...

What to do about tooth resorption in your veterinary patients

Intraoral radiography can help identify this pathology in your patients—and guide you toward the next step in your treatment plan. ...

Dental extraction techniques

Skills Laboratory: How to perform four oral regional nerve blocks in dogs and cats

Try these quick and easy pain management techniques for oral surgery. ...

How to perform basic oral surgery: Keys to successful extraction

Veterinary dentist Dr. Christopher Snyder provides some tips for performing surgical extractions. ...

Skills Laboratory: How to extract a maxillary canine in dogs

Follow this straightforward, step-by-step guide to remove this large-rooted tooth by creating a mucoperiosteal flap. ...

Fix the fixable: Treating periodontal and orthodontic disease

A guide to when intervention is indicated in your veterinary patients with dental problems. ...

Dental extractions: Easy cues help with critical long-term medical decisions

Dental extractions are among the more common veterinary dental procedures. With that said, there are key considerations every veterinarian must consider before an extraction is performed. This article explores the options. ...

Associated conditions

Journal Scan: Cats' oral health problems linked to retroviral status

The take-home on this one? Think retroviral when you see inflammatory oral disease in cats. ...

Chronic ulcerative paradental stomatitis: When 'kissing' isn't a good thing

This veterinary dental condition, also called kissing lesions, can be extremely painful in affected pets and requires immediate and dedicated care. ...

Just Ask the Expert: Bartonellosis and feline gingivostomatitis: Is there a relationship?

Veterinary dentist Dr. Daniel Carmichael asnwers this reader query. ...

What are oronasal or oroantral fistulas?

Oronasal and oroantral fistulas are communications between the oral cavity and the respiratory tract. ...

Client education

Video: 3 approaches for veterinary client communication show why one works

“Dr. Do-Right” is more successful than “Dr. Detail” and “Dr. Downer.” ...

Client handouts: Understanding the mouth and teeth

Red gums, bad breath? Help veterinary clients understand the importance of oral health using these handouts as part of your practice's client education campaign. ...

Client handout: What's in your cat's mouth?

Here's a veterinary handout that will gross out—and educate—clients about feline dental care. ...

Client handout: A guide to brushing your pet's teeth

Regular brushing is key to a pet's overall dental health, so use this handout to help educate your clients about home care. ...

Client handout: Bad breath (halitosis) in pets

Download this PDF of a client handout on halitosis in pets, and help get your clients onboard with preventive oral care. ...

Arming you team

Dental anesthesia and monitoring: How do your veterinary fees stack up?

Well-Managed Practices give us an inside-the-register look into dental procedure pricing. ...

Oral check: How effective are your dental recommendations?

Find out the tooth, err truth, about clients’ dental compliance with this simple form. ...

7 steps to better veterinary dental recommendations

Feeling tongue-tied when veterinary clients refuse dental treatment for their pets? Here's a mouthful of ideas on how to emphasize the importance of complete oral care. ...

The dental care toolkit

This toolkit delivers articles, tips, handouts, videos and tools all designed to make it as easy as possible to discuss dental care with your veterinary team and clients. (With an educational grant provided by Virbac) ...

Q&A: A veterinary team approach to dental care

Consider this advice to get your whole veterinary team on board to offer the topnotch veterinary care pets need for better dental health. ...