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Dentistry: Not Just for Humans!

Posted by: Dr. Sirakian     Categories: Uncategorized

If you have a pet at home, you may have taken them for a dental checkup. That’s right, animals—especially pets and zoo animals—often need dental care.

Periodontal disease is one of the biggest reasons animals lose teeth. This is particularly true for pets and zoo animals in captive who decidedly live longer than they would in the wild.

Over the last forty years, veterinary dentistry procedures have evolved from simple tooth extractions to endodontic therapies and treatment of jaw infections.

Veterinary dentistry provides certain challenges that don’t exist with most human cases. Animals cannot express the issues causing them pain and must be treated under sedation. Many animals actually attempt to hide any injuries, including dental disease, as they are signs of weakness. Health problems in an animal—oral or otherwise—must first be spotted by their caretaker.

Veterinary dentistry has evolved into a fully comprehensive, boarded speciality. The American Veterinary Dental College (AVDC) is the clinical specialist organization for veterinary dentists, and held its first exam in 1989!

There are many branches of the dentistry profession that are worthy of exploration.

Jun
4

Eating Disorders & Dentistry

Eating disorders are a serious problem in today’s society. More than 10 million Americans currently suffer from serious eating disorders such as bulimia, anorexia, and binge eating. Not only do these eating disorders take a serious toll on your body, but they can also harm your teeth. People who suffer from anorexia starve themselves in […]

May
14

Don’t Fall Asleep With Your Dentures In!

Having dentures can be challenging, especially for new wearers. It may take awhile for many patients to become accustomed to to their size, shape, and orientation, as well as adjusting to a proper cleaning and care routine. However, whether you are new to dentures or a seasoned pro, you must follow this basic rule: don’t […]

Apr
30

Vegetarian? Your Dental Health Could be at Risk

We all have different prerogatives when discussing food choices. One of the major food prerogatives is becoming a vegetarian. Some of us choose this lifestyle, but do we ever consider any of the consequences associated with it? In terms of dental health, there are some concerns related to a strict vegetarian diet. First, there are […]

Mar
26

Falling Asleep Without Brushing

Have you ever gone to sleep without brushing your teeth? You may think, “Oh it’s just this one time,” but after reading this you will never have that “one time” again! We all know that we are supposed to brush and floss our teeth at least twice a day, but what exactly happens when two […]

Feb
27

5 Foods for a Healthy Smile

When we eat, we rarely think about how our favorite foods affect our teeth. Well, we should! Different foods can have effects on our oral health. Here are some types of foods that are recommended for a healthy smile, and some that we advise to steer away from. Follow these guidelines, and your smile will […]

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