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Articles by Jan Bellows, DVM, DAVDC, DABVP

Strategies to treat periodontal disease

Weigh clinical, radiographic evidence as well as client expectations when approaching this preventable disease.
Aug 1, 2010

Weigh clinical, radiographic evidence as well as client expectations when approaching this preventable disease.

Clinical terms and classifications of periodontal disease in veterinary patients

Jul 26, 2010

The degree of severity of periodontal disease relates to a single tooth; a patient may have teeth that have different stages of periodontal disease. Here is an outline of the American Veterinary Dental College-approved periodontal disease classifications.

Dentistry 101

Jun 1, 2010

A photo tutorial on surfaces of teeth and directions in the mouth.

Monitoring anesthetized dental patients: the five-parameter approach

Mar 1, 2010

Clients frequently express concern about the anesthesia their dogs or cats need for professional oral evaluation and care.

Management of acute feline temporomandibular luxation

Jul 1, 2008

The lower jaw of the cat on your exam table is displaced to the left (Photo 1). Is the mandible or maxilla fractured? Or is the mandible luxated? If so, right or left? What is the best way to diagnose and treat this problem? Can you as a general practitioner handle it, or must the case be referred to a boarded orthopedic or dental specialist?

Examining new classifications of tooth fractures

Apr 1, 2008

When a dog or cat presents with lethargy or pale mucous membranes and anemia is suspected, the ultimate treatment and prognosis starts with successfully categorizing the problem.

Functional occlusion: I'm OK, but are your patients, really?

Apr 1, 2007

I hung up the receiver after explaining to one of my clients why his "normally" undershot Shih Tzu's maxillary incisors needed be removed because they were penetrating the mandibular gingiva.

Explore the options for dental treatment plans

Dec 1, 2006

Creating a dental treatment plan can be frustrating. As with other veterinary disciplines, dental diagnosis and care is one-third recognition of disease, one-third understanding anatomy and medical principles, and the last third performing needed care.

Intraoral films: 7 compelling reasons for every dental patient

Sep 1, 2006

According to industry estimates, less than 10 percent of small animal practices have dental radiograph units and of those, less than 10 percent take intraoral films on every dental case.

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