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Over-the-Counter Oral Care

Posted On: September 05, 2017

When Over-the-Counter Oral Care Treatments Might Not be Enough.

Most of us are used to the idea of just popping into the local grocery store or pharmacy to replenish our usual brand of toothpaste, mouthwash and floss when we know we’re running low on supplies. But what if re-stocking that old familiar brand isn’t really helping you as much as when you were younger? As we grow older and our teeth and gums age along with us, sometimes those old familiar products are worth switching out – often with a prescription from your dentist. But how do you know when you should opt for something new? Let’s take a look.

  • Do you Have Sensitive Teeth or Gum Disease?  

If you're experiencing tooth sensitivity due to a receding gum line, you might benefit from prescription fluoride toothpaste.  Such toothpastes have higher levels of fluoride and can help lessen sensitivity and protect exposed tooth structure no longer protected by enamel or gum tissue.  Typically your dentist would recommend prescription toothpaste for you if you have significant recession, or if recommend prescription toothpaste for you if you have significant recession, or if you have recent been in for scaling and root planning.  Ask your hygienist about our prescription toothpaste or Sensi Strips available to purchase in the office on your next visit. (Not available in stores)


  • Do you Suffer from Persistent Halitosis?                                                                                                  Many people don't know this, but there are prescription mouthwashes that can be used to help combat persistent halitosis.  As with dry mouth, however, it's important to understand why you have bad breath.  Maintaining good oral hygiene has a lot to do with preventing halitosis.  If you do not have gum disease and feel otherwise healthy, there could be more serious reasons for your halitosis. At Baylee Dental, we have a number of products on hand that can help you with bad breath. After your next exam if this is a concern for you, just let us know, and we’ll let you know how we can help. 
  • Do You Suffer from Dry Mouth?            
  • Most over the counter (OTC) remedies for dry mouth are effective for the majority of people. However, if you’ve been using an OTC solution for some time, and are experiencing limited relief, you might want to ask your dentist if there are other options. You should also ask your family doctor help you get to the root of the problem – which could be indicative of any number of benign or more serious concerns.  Many patients have sucsess with OTC Biotene or a generic rinse .
  • Are Frequent Mouth Sores a Problem?  
  • Elderly patients and those undergoing treatment for some diseases, such as cancer, can develop mouth sores. It’s not necessary to endure this pain for days and weeks on end, so ask your dentist or physician for a prescription mouth gel or rinse available. Magic Mouthwash works by forming a barrier that protects the nerve endings and shields them from over stimulation that can result in pain. Magic Mouthwash really makes a difference.  Ask Dr. Cayia on your next appointment, or call us now, 352-307-3006 to evaluate which prescription would be best for you.


  • Do You Get a Lot of Cavities, or Drink from an Un-fluoridated Water Supply?
  • If you get your drinking water from a well, or any other un-fluoridated source , prescription toothpastes can be helpful.  They're also worth considering simply if your're prone to decay.  Excessive cavities can be a drain on your wallet, and the overall health of your mouth.  Ask if there are ways (other than frequent visits to the office for repair) you can proactively fight your battle with cavity-prone teeth.

For the overwhelming majority of us, over-the-counter toothpastes, mouth washes and other dental hygiene products will do the trick just fine. Just know that your options don’t stop there and speak with Dr. Cayia if you have any concerns.

 



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5 Stages of Tooth Decay

Posted On: August 01, 2017

   

Five Stages of Tooth Decay

Did you know there are five distinct stages of tooth decay? And that in the first stage of decay, you can actually take steps to reverse the progression of the disease? Indeed, it’s true. In the first stage of decay, whether you’re a child or an adult, the application of fluoride via fluoride treatments, your toothpaste and your local water supply can stop a cavity from penetrating through the enamel and reaching its second stage. Even the saliva in your mouth and the foods you eat help to re-mineralize a tooth in jeopardy. But that’s just the first stage! What about the rest? Understanding how a cavity progresses can assist you in preventing each successive stage from occurring in your family's mouth.

Stage One:  White Spots                                                                                                                                                                                      In stage one, the tooth begins to show signs of strain from the attack of sugars and acids, and white spots will begin to materialize just below the surface of the enamel.  These white spots are representative of the demineralization of the tooth and can be easy to miss because they're most likely to occur in the back of the mouth, molar area.  A dental exam, of course, is designed to catch such cavities!  Can you see why regular visits to Baylee Dental are recommended?  As mentioned previously, at this stage, the cavity can be repaired without the need to excavate the tooth.

Stage Two: Enamel Decay                                                                                                                                                                                   Stage two marks the beginning of the end for the surface enamel that is being attacked.  Initially, the tooth erodes from the underside outward, so the outer enamel will still be intact for the first half of this second stage.  Once the cavity breaks through the surface of the enamel, there is no turning back, and you will need to have the cavity corrected with a filling. 

Stage Three: Dentin Decay                                                                                                                                                                                  If a cavity in your mouth were to progress beyond stage two without you knowing, you’d tend become aware of it because it would probably start to cause some pain. At this level, the cavity begins to eat away at the second level of tooth material that lies beneath the enamel: the dentin. A filling can still be used to stop the onslaught of bacteria assaulting the tooth in order to prevent the cavity from reaching the tooth’s most critical component: the pulp.  

Stage Four: Involvement of the Pulp                                                                                                                                                                  Once the cavity reaches the pulp, it’s going to hurt. A lot. So if you’ve unfortunately missed all the signs to this point, a screaming child or moaning teenager or your tooth will certainly let you know there is a big problem. Stage four is serious, and a root canal is the best option of treatment at this stage.  “Should you have a tooth that has reached this stage, we would work with our endodontist partner to help treat and bring you back to good health.”

Stage Five: Abscess Formation                                                                                                                                                                      In the fifth and final stage of a cavity, the infection has reached the tip of the root and exited the tip of the tooth’s structure. This in turn infects the surrounding tissues and possibly the bone structure. Swelling would be commonplace and pain severe. In children (as well as adults) an abscess can be fatal if not dealt with immediately. Root canal or extraction would be the order of the day should decay reach this stage.

As you can see, cavities don’t happen overnight. In the early stages, regular visits can stall and reverse the progression of these dastardly little devils, so it really does pay to visit the dentist at pre-selected intervals.

 Need to see us?  Call Baylee Dental at 352-307-3006 or email to: info@bayleedental.com and one of our patient coordinators can help you.                


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Blog- What's up with that poking?

Posted On: June 27, 2017

WHAT'S UP WITH ALL THAT POKING AT MY GUMS DURING MY CLEANING OR MAINTENANCE VISIT?

Have you ever wondered why your hygienist starts rattling off a series of numbers in the beginning of your recare visit? 2,2,3,4,5,7!  What's going on there?  What your hygienist is doing is checking the depth of gum tissue pockets that surround your tooth.  It's a proactive way to identify your risk for gum disease, and when done, regularly , can help catch it early. Dental probing is pretty interesting exercise in dentistry, can save you from surgery and extractions, and her's why.

DENTAL PROBING CATCHES PROBLEMS EARLY

One reason to visit the dentist regularly is to identify problems in your mouth that you are completely oblivious to.  Subtle changes in the health of our gums tissue can be missed by the naked eye, and some people-even those who visit a dentist regularly-can be prone to an excess buildup of plaque and tartar that can result in gingivitis and periodontal disease.  Thankfully, your dental team can catch these changes early through the use of X-rays and the practice of dental probing.  We do an annual probing on all adult patients.  This is done on the initial visit and once a year on your recare appointment.  

The reason for probing is straightforward.  As periodontal disease progresses, the visible markers of the disease (plaque and tartar) migrate down along the side of the tooth into the natural "pocket" between the ridge of the gum line and the tooth's enamel.  This inflames the gum tissue and widens this naturally slim gap between the tooth and gum.  As this gap becomes wider, even more bacteria are allowed access to the sensitive tissue fibers along the root's outer surface, casing more damage.  

One part of your treatment might be placing Arestin® , an antibiotic made especially for use in the gum pocket.  When placed in a periodontal pocket, Arestin®  maintains a high-level of antibiotic right at the gum disease site without exposing the rest of the body to antibiotics.  This allows treatment using one-hundredth the usual pill-form dose.  It directly fights the gum disease infection for 14 days

If not addressed, it may result in further bone loss, and the need to extract a tooth.  This is why probing is so important.



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Summer check list.

Posted On: June 01, 2017

BlogSUMMER CHECKLIST

Summer is about to burst onto the scene.  And with it, your "free time" will turn to "busy time" as you plan, plan, plan for your relaxing summer vacation.  So while your're thinking about where you'll go, where you'll eat, and what you'll see along the way, don't forget to plan a visit to your dentist as well.  Doing so can save you from the misery of a dental emergency that will surely spoil even the best planned getaway.

The Best Plan of Action

Now, we're sure visiting the dentist is the last thing you want to do before a relaxing vacation.  Yet we're also certain discovering a painful cavity mid-trip isn't on the agenda either - especially if you're going overseas.  Can you imagine having to look for emergency dental care in some remote part of the world?  Ouch.  Truth is, a quick checkup can catch a future crisis before it ever materializes, and this is one of the beautiful things about dentistry.  Imagine, for example, if you had a bone in your leg that was weak for one reason or another, and a strong impact upon that leg could cause it to break.  Nine time out of ten, you would never even know you had this issue until your leg broke and you were lying in emergency room.  With dentistry, however, oral exams, x-rays and other tools allow your dentist to ferret out problems before they present themselves and that's why visiting prior to vacation can help. Just looking at this tooth in the mouth does not show the abscess without taking a x-ray to diagnosis and avoid a painful vacation.

If you are not current on your annual recare exam visit, we recommend about a month prior to departure - or at least two weeks before you go - schedule a visit.  Your dentist will explore your mouth for any loose crowns or teeth that could cause a problem and identify any cavities that are close enough to the nerve to cause an abscess or pain.  If your're traveling by plane, air pressure in the cabin can cause a recently drilled tooth to be overly sensitive, so you'll want to be certain to plan your visit at least a month ahead of time if your're flying.  If you do take a trip with an unresolved issue, we can make sure you leave with the necessary medication or recommended over the counter medicine.  

Of course, any surgery such as the removal of a tooth, or a root canal should be scheduled in significant advance, and if you wear braces, you'll want to visit your orthodontist as well.  Definitely don't travel with pain if it can be avoided.  We've had many a patient go on trips with a sore mouth only to have it get worse while at their destination. We recommend you plan ahead and be prepared for possible dental issues.

Visiting your dentist prior to vacation might be one of the easiest things to plan this summer.  You'll depart with a fresh clean mouth, and the confidence that a sneaking dental emergency won't be appearing in your vacation scrapbook this year.  So, give us a call at 352-307-3006, we'll be happy to send you off on the right foot!

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Maybe it is time for a denture reline.

Posted On: May 01, 2017

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Uncomfortable Dentures?  Maybe It's Time For A Denture Reline.

If your're a denture wearer and your dentures have begun to fit less comfortably than in the past, you may wish to consider having them relined.  Denture relining is a simple and affordable procedure that reshapes the underside of a denture to make it more comfortable as it rests against your gums.  Relines are referred to as a "soft" or "hard" and can be completed either at the office or in a lab.  Both have advantages and disadvantages, so let's take a look at the specifics to ind a solution that might be good for you.

When a tooth is extracted from its place within the alveolar bone tissue that houses it, the tissue undergoes what is known as resorption or a "breakdown" at the cellular level that takes its component materials and disperses them elsewhere throughout the body.  In layman's terms, this bony material is essentially "taken" back "into" the body for other use.  Denture wearers experience most of this resorption within the first three to four months after extractions and then gradually over time through the rest of one's life.

As a result of this resorption, the gum tissue surrounding the alveolar bone experiences a change in density and shape that begins to cause a previously fitted denture to become more uncomfortable over time.  This is where a denture reline can help.

Soft Reline

Soft relines are often the preferred option for denture wearers simply because they tend to be more comfortable.  This is particularly true if your're a recent denture wearer with bone resorption still taking place at its most rapid rate, or if your gum tissue is just sensitive to the weight and feel of the denture.  A soft reline can be done in the office (chairside) with a liquid polymer that is layered into the denture to add depth and cushion.  It's  a relatively quick procedure and a secure comfortable fit is achieved with input from you during your appointment.

The main advantage to a soft reline done chairside is how fast you can have your denture completed.  A possible disadvantage to the soft reline is the fact that it may require more frequent fine-tuning due to its soft, porous nature.  If this disadvantage matters to you and would rather sacrifice some comfort in favor of longevity, then a hard reline may be a better option for you.

Hard Reline

A hard reline reshapes a denture in the same manner as does a soft reline, but it is done with a material more like the hardened denture base itself.  The result is a more permanent reline fix that last more years than does a soft reline.  We recommend it be sent out to a lab due to complications that can arise with fit and heat transfer of the materials used.  You would be without your dentures for same day delivery to complete the reline.  An appointment would be scheduled early am and you would return around 4:30 pm the same day for delivery.

So, as you can see denture relining is an effective method to reshape a denture when it starts to give you difficulty.  It can also be used to repair a cracked denture and is an excellent way to delay the cost of a new denture altogether.  If your're experiencing any discomfort with your dentures, ask your dental team about a possible reline-you'll be glad you did!  Call us now at 352-307-3006 or email us at info@bayleedental.com to schedule you next appointment.

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April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month

Posted On: April 02, 2017

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If there was a quick and painless method to identify pre-cancerous cells in the mouth of someone you loved, would you want them to try it? What if that person were you? The truth is as uncomfortable as it may be to even think of the word Cancer, detecting it early is certainly the key to eradicating it. At Baylee Dental, it's part of our mission to provide the best diagnostic tools available to our patients. That's why we're proud to utilize a tool that when combined with your regular oral exam can assist in detecting oral abnormalities that cannot be seen with the naked eye. It's called Vizilite® Plus.

ViziLite Plus is used for the identification, evaluation and monitoring of oral mucosal abnormalities in populations at increased risk for oral cancer.

Such patients include:

  • Patients age 40 and older (95% of all oral cancer cases)
  • Patients age 18-39 who use tobacco, are heavy drinkers, or may have a previously diagnosed oral HPV 16/18 infection.
  • Patients age 65 and older with the lifestyle risk factors described above
  • And any patient with a history of oral cancer

Vizilite Plus works in two steps. The first is to rinse with a mild solution that temporarily dries the tissues in your mouth. Then the Vizilite Plus wand is used to illuminate the tissues in your mouth. This low intensity light reflects off any abnormal cells, causing them to appear as if they are ”glowing" – making abnormal cells easier to see.
Oral cancer screenings are recommended annually for all adults aged 18 and older and every six months if you are a smoker, regular user of alcohol or if you chew tobacco.

Before Rinse  What you see after rinse and before using the ViziLite Plus Wand                 

 After Rinse  After rinse and using the ViziLite Plus Wand

We're pleased to offer the Vizilite® Plus system at Baylee Dental and we're sure you'll understand why when we show you how it works at your next visit. If it's been a while since you've seen us, please call 352-307-3006 to schedule your next exam today!

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ADA recommendation for tooth brush care.

Posted On: March 29, 2017

BlogADA Recommendations for Toothbrush Care: Cleaning, Storing and Replacement

            

Tooth bushing plays an important everyday role for personal oral hyygiene and effective plaque removal.  Appropriate toothbrush care and maintenance are also importrant considertions for sound oral hygiene.  The ADA recommends that consumers replace toothbrushes approximately every 3-4 months or sooner if the bristles become frayed with use.

In recent years, scientists have studied whether toothbrushes may harbor microorganisms that could cause oral and/or systemic infection.1-4 We know that the oral cavity is home to hundreds of different types of microorganisms;5 therefore, it is not surprising that some of these microorganisms are transferred to a toothbrush during use. It may also be possible for microorganisms that are present in the environment where the toothbrush is stored to establish themselves on the brush. Toothbrushes may even have bacteria on them right out of the box4 since they are not required to be sold in a sterile package.

The human body is constantly exposed to potentially harmful microbes.  However, the body is normally able to defend itself against infections through a comination of passive and active mechanisms.  Intact skin and mucous membranes function as a passive barrier to bacteria and other organisms.  When these varriers are challenged or breached, active mechanisms such as enzymes, digestive acids, tear, white blood cells ad antibodies come into play to protect the body from disease.

Although studies have shown that various microorganisms can grow on toothbrushes after use, and other studies have examined various methods to reduce the level of these bacteria,6-10 there is insufficient clinical evidence to support that bacterial growth on toothbrushes will lead to specific adverse oral or systemic health effects.

Baylee Dental General Recommendations for Toothbrush Care 

The ADA and the Council on Scientific Affairs provide the following toothbrush care recommendations:

  • Please do not share toothbrushes. Sharing a toothbrush could result in an exchange of body fluids and/or microorganisms between the users of the toothbrush, placing the individuals involved at an increased risk for infections. This practice could be a particular concern for persons with compromised immune systems or existing infectious diseases.
  • Thoroughly rinse toothbrushes with tap water after brushing to remove any remaining toothpaste and debris. Store the brush in an upright position if possible and allow the toothbrush to air-dry until used again. If more than one brush is stored in the same holder or area, keep the brushes separated to prevent cross-contamination.
  • Do not routinely cover toothbrushes or store them in closed containers. A moist environment such as a closed container is more conducive to the growth of microorganisms than the open air.  Choose one with ventilation holes to help the brush dry.
  • Replace toothbrushes at least every 3–4 months. The bristles become frayed and worn with use and cleaning effectiveness will decrease.11 Toothbrushes will wear out more rapidly depending on factors unique to each patient. Check brushes often for this type of wear and replace them more frequently if needed. Children’s toothbrushes often need replacing more frequently than adult brushes.

Additional Comments 

Cleaning methods beyond those outlined above are not supported by the currently available clinical evidence. While there is evidence of bacterial growth on toothbrushes, there is no clinical evidence that soaking a toothbrush in an antibacterial mouth rinse or using a commercially-available toothbrush sanitizer has any positive or negative effect on oral or systemic health. Some toothbrush cleaning methods, including use of a dishwasher or microwave oven, could damage the brush. Manufacturers may not have designed their products to withstand these conditions. The cleaning effectiveness of the brush might be decreased if it is damaged.

Although there is insufficient clinical evidence to support that bacterial growth on toothbrushes will lead to specific adverse oral or systemic health effects, a common-sense approach is recommended for situations where patients may be at higher risk to infection or re-infection by various microbes. Examples may include situations where a patient or family member:

  • Has a systemic disease that may be transmissible by blood or saliva;
  • Has a compromised immune system or low resistance to infection due to disease, chemotherapy, radiation treatment, etc.

Common-sense supports that for patients who are more susceptible to infections, a higher level of vigilance to prevent exposure to disease-causing organisms may offer some benefit.

  • Replacing toothbrushes more often than every 3–4 months may decrease the number of bacteria to which patients are exposed;
  • Rinsing with an antibacterial mouth rinse before brushing may prevent or decrease how rapidly bacteria build up on toothbrushes;2
  • Soaking toothbrushes in an antibacterial mouth rinse after use has also been studied and may decrease the level of bacteria that grow on toothbrushes;6
  • Disposable toothbrushes might also be considered as an option, however cost may be a consideration with long-term use.
  • There are several commercially available toothbrush sanitizers on the market. Although data do not demonstrate that they provide a specific health benefit, if a consumer chooses to use one of these devices, the Council recommends that they select a product cleared by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Products cleared by the FDA are required to provide data to the Agency to substantiate cleared claims. Examples of claims that have been cleared by the FDA for these products include:
    • Product “X” is designed to sanitize manual toothbrushes (To “sanitize” normally means that bacteria are reduced by 99.9 percent. For example, if one million bacteria are present at the outset, 1000 bacteria remain after a 99.9 percent reduction. “Sterilized”, on the other hand, indicates that all living organisms have been destroyed or inactivated. No commercially-available toothbrush cleaning products have been shown to sterilize toothbrushes);
    • Product “Y” is intended for use in reducing bacterial contamination that naturally accrues on toothbrushes

Claims that go beyond sanitizing the toothbrush or reducing bacterial contamination should be viewed critically by the consumer.

Consumers that choose to use these cleaning devices should inspect the brush regulary for wear and consider replacement more often if necessary

The Council will continue to monitor and provide information on toothbrush care consistent with current scientific information.

Council on Scientific Affairs, November 2011

References

1. Svanberg M. Contamination of toothpaste and toothbrush by Streptococcus mutans. Scand J Dent Res. 1978 Sep;86(5):412-4.

2. Verran J, Leahy-Gilmartin AA. Investigations into the microbial contamination of toothbrushes. Microbios. 1996;85(345):231-8.

3. Kozai K, Iwai T, Miura K. Residual contamination of toothbrushes by microorganisms. ASDC J Dent Child. 1989 May-Jun;56(3):201-4.
4. Glass RT, Lare MM. Toothbrush contamination: a potential health risk? Quintessence Int. 1986 Jan;17(1):39-42.
5. Kazor CE et al. Diversity of bacterial populations on the tongue dorsa of patients with halitosis and healthy patients. J Clin Microbiol. 2003;41(2):558-63.
6. Caudry SD, Klitorinos A, Chan EC. Contaminated toothbrushes and their disinfection. J Can Dent Assoc. 1995 Jun;61(6):511-6.
7. Warren DP et al. The effects of toothpastes on the residual microbial contamination of toothbrushes. J Am Dent Assoc. 2001 Sep;132(9):1241-5.
8. Quirynen M et al. Can toothpaste or a toothbrush with antibacterial tufts prevent toothbrush contamination? J Periodontol. 2003 Mar;74(3):312-22.
9. Neal PR, Rippin JW. The efficacy of a toothbrush disinfectant spray—an in vitro study. J Dent. 2003;31:153-7.
10. Goldschmidt MC et al. Effects of an antimicrobial additive to toothbrushes on residual periodontal pathogens. J Clin Dent. 2004;15(3):66-70.
11. Glaze PM, Wade AB. Toothbrush age and wear as it relates to plaque control. J Clin Periodontol. 1986 Jan;13(1):52-6.



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Ask a Vet how to care for my animal's teeth?

Posted On: February 05, 2017

BlogAsk a Vet:  How Do I Care for My Cat's or Dog's Teeth?

                         

The following is a guest post by Dr. Jeff Smith a veterinarian and owner of Mount Hermon Animal Clinic in Danville, Virginia.

Yes, you can clean your pet's teeth at home.  I know dental hygienists who clean their personal pet's teeth at home and it really makes a difference!

The unfortunate thing about our pet's teeth is that they are much more prone to periodontal disease (inflammation and infection around the roots of the teeth) and cleaning in the gingival sulcus (the natural pocket where the gum meet the teeth) is critical to success.

How to Clean Your Pet's Teeth  

1.  Practice the routine.  The first step in the process is conditioning your pet to lie in your lap and allow to touch the inside of his/her mouth, lift the lips, touch the teeth, massage the gums...and it take time and patience.

For example, the first week you may just have your dog or cat sit in your lap and lift a lip and offer a treat.  Once your pet starts to like this game, you up the ante a little and probe in their mouth a little more, always giving plenty of praise and positive reinforcement.

It is important to be cautious when working with your pet's mouth as you can be bitten even if by accident.  If you have any concern about being bitten, you should not attempt this process.

Some pets will like this game more than others, and it is important to take your time each day to teach your pet to trust you to touch their teeth.

2.  Acquire dental instruments.  If you can make it to this stage your dog or cat is excellent at being still then you can buy a set of dental instruments and try scaling tartar and cleaning below the gum line.

 It is not as easy as it looks and if you try it one time, you will have a great appreciation for dental hygienists.  As in most things, if you are highly skilled you can make it look easy.  Before using dental instruments to clean your pet's teeth, it is advisable to get some formal training first as you can damage the teeth and gums if you are not using them appropriately.

3. Consider anesthesia.  The easiest and best way to thoroughly clean and polish your pet's teeth is with them under anesthesia.  Remember that periodontal disease is our number one concern in pets and the only way to effectively evaluate periodontal disease is with dental x-rays, which must be done with the patient under anesthesia.  Your pet needs to see your veterinarian once yearly for comprehensive oral health assessment and treatment.

Ask your vet about these best practices in veterinary dental care when your pet goes in for a cleaning.

  • X-rays of each tooth in the mouth
  • Comprehensive anesthetic monitoring for safety
  • Periodontal probing and charting of teeth in the medical record
  • Proper treatment of deep gingival pockets
  • Nerve blocks and pain meds when extractions are needed
  • Sterilization of dental cleaning tools and drills
  • Fluoride treatment
  • Home care instructions

Your pet's dental health is one place where you can make a positive impact at home.  Over 70% of pets have periodontal disease by the time they are 3 years old, making it on of the biggest problems veterinarians battle.  We can say for certain that your pet will suffer from periodontal disease at some point in their life, so why not start early with prevention?

There are multitudes of options for home dental care.  Brushing is best, and if you can get in the habit of brushing your pet's teeth each night, you will make a huge difference in your pet's health.

If your pet goes to bed each night with clean teeth, it is spending 12 hours per day with clean teeth.  Half days added together can become half a lifetime of clean teeth.

Alternatives to Brushing

If brushing is not an option for you, we have rawhide chews with the same enzyme treatment that is in the doggie toothpaste.

There are many other treats and chews available.  For a list of chews proven to work, check out the Veterinary Oral Health Council (VOHC) website. Best is to call your Vet for a recommendation. 

Thanks to Dr Smith for this important insite on taking care of our important family member.

Dr. Jeff Smith is a veterinarian and owner of Mount Hermon Animal clinic in Danville, Virginia.


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