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Articles by Jan Bellows, DVM, DAVDC, DABVP

Let technicians polish dental practice success

Jun 1, 2006

Behind every flourishing dental practice is a great veterinary staff. If you want to move forward with your veterinary dental practice, it's time to get your technicians on board.

Employ oral ATP in your fight for dental health

Mar 1, 2006

Prevention is one of the most important parts of hygiene, as teeth are clean for only about six hours.

Anesthesia safety: Face your clients' main concern about dentistry

Dec 1, 2005

A disturbing e-mail arrived the other day: Hello, Dr. Bellows: I have a 5-year-old yellow Labrador Retriever that I have routinely cleaned her teeth (with enzyme toothpaste and a brush, recently using Sonicare). Despite all best efforts, she is building up tartar and I think may have a dark spot (cavity on a rear molar).

Thinking digital?

Consider goals as a practice; weigh merits of each system
Jun 1, 2005

Intraoral radiographs are essential to perform quality dental therapy. Teeth can be cleaned and polished without seeing radiographic images below the gingiva, but "dentistry" cannot be performed properly.

Photo-intensive reports create impact, value in dental care

May 1, 2005

Frequently, dental cases present to animal hospitals for treatment of halitosis. Daily tooth brushing, although a noble idea, is rarely practiced. Clients rarely see their pet's teeth. They bring their dog or cat to the veterinarian to have the teeth cleaned and polished. Hopelessly effected teeth are extracted without the client ever seeing the true extent of disease or areas of special attention for home care. Thanks to digital photography and inexpensive software, bringing your client into his or her pet's mouth is now within every practitioner's reach.

New oral healthcare products

Recent innovations in preventive dental care can help control plaque and calculus in pets—in the office or in your clients' homes.
Jan 1, 2005

As a small-animal practitioner, you spend a good portion of your day diagnosing and treating periodontal disease. Unfortunately, due to differences in salivary pH, our patients accumulate plaque and develop calculus five times faster than people. Research shows that 80% of dogs and 70% of cats show signs of gingival disease by the age of 3 according to the American Veterinary Dental Society. Periodontal disease can cause halitosis and pain and may be related to kidney and heart disease.

New oral healthcare products

Recent innovations in preventive dental care can help control plaque and calculus in pets—in the office or in your clients' homes.
Jan 1, 2005

As a small-animal practitioner, you spend a good portion of your day diagnosing and treating periodontal disease. Unfortunately, due to differences in salivary pH, our patients accumulate plaque and develop calculus five times faster than people. Research shows that 80% of dogs and 70% of cats show signs of gingival disease by the age of 3 according to the American Veterinary Dental Society. Periodontal disease can cause halitosis and pain and may be related to kidney and heart disease.

Pathology radiology most pertinent dianostic

Sep 1, 2004

At least 10-percent bone loss must be present to notice periapical disease radiographically.

Interpreting dental radiographs for periodontal disease

Jul 1, 2004

Coming in September: Interpreting endodontic X-rays will be the subject of the next article in Dr. Bellows' radiography series.

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