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Dental Care

No matter what kind of pet you have, if there are teeth present, you can bet they require some care.


About Dr. Bellows
 Dr. Jan Bellows is a board-certified veterinary dentist. His office, Hometown Animal Hospital and Dental Clinic, is located at 17100 Royal Palm Boulevard in Weston, Florida. He can be reached for consultations at 954-349-5800.
Bad Breath in Dogs and Cats
 Halitosis, also called bad breath, is as an offensive odor emanating from the oral cavity. Bad breath is a common presenting pet odor complaint. Causes may be commonly be related to the mouth or rarely related to other health problems.
Brushing your Dog's Teeth
 What would happen if you stopped brushing your own teeth? Even if you only ate hard food as most dogs do, there still would be problems. You should be brushing your dog's teeth twice daily if you can manage it. It's not as difficult as you might imagine.
Cat's Teeth Examination for Cat Owners
 It is easy to recognize if your cat has a broken leg, but how about a broken tooth? You would think pets would stop eating when they had oral problems. Unfortunately, this is not usually the case. By the time most owners recognize oral disease in their pets, the problem is chronic and progressive.
Clinical Signs of Oral or Dental Disease in Pets
 If you see any of these clinical signs, take your pet to your veterinarian for a complete oral examination.
Dental Care and What to Expect if your Pet Needs it
 Root canals, dental x-rays, orthodontics, crowns, caps, implants, and periodontal surgery for pets? You must be kidding? Not at all. Dental procedures are routinely performed in veterinary practices daily. How does a loving pet owner know if dental care is needed and where can a pet owner go for advanced dental care.
Dental Care in Cats
 Feline dental pathology and care are perhaps the most overlooked and under-treated areas in small animal medicine.
Dental Home Care for Dogs and Cats
 Imagine how your teeth would look and feel if you didn't brush them daily. The same applies to your pet's teeth. Here are some ways you can care for your pet's teeth at home.
Gingivostomatitis in Cats
 FGS is a severe oral disease that affects some cats where the body becomes allergic to plaque around the teeth.
Oral Masses/Ulcers in Dogs and Cats
 Some dogs and cats develop growths in their mouths. Similar to humans, these growths may be benign or malignant. Once a mass is noticed, analysis must be made to determine the cause of the growth.
Orthodontics for Pets
 Just as you would want to cure a painful skin condition or sore joint in your pet, you should also consider relieving pain in your pet's mouth. When an oral problem is caused by poorly aligned teeth, orthodontic treatment may be needed.
Periodontal Disease in Dogs and Cats
 Periodontal disease is inflammation of some or all of a tooth's support. When compared to gingivitis, periodontitis indicates bone loss. If left untreated, periodontitis may cause loose painful teeth as well as internal disease. Periodontal disease is caused by plaque (bacteria).
Periodontal Disease in Pets
 More than 85% of dogs and cats older than 4 years have periodontal pathology.
Plasma Cell Stomatitis in Cats
 Stringent control of plaque is crucial to the management of cats with this painful, chronic condition. Expect an affected cat to require teeth cleaning under general anesthesia at least every 6 months. If medical management fails, all teeth need to be removed.
Retained Baby Teeth Need Surgical Extraction
 When deciduous (baby) teeth don't fall out to make way for the permanent teeth, they are called retained deciduous teeth. Retained deciduous teeth should be extracted surgically soon after they are discovered because they will cause dental problems (overcrowding in the mouth, plaque buildup, malocclusion, etc.).
Stomatitis in Cats
 Cats can be affected by inflammation of the entire mouth called stomatitis or lymphocytic plasmacytic syndrome (LPS).
Tooth Resorption in Cats
 A common feline oral malady is the feline oral resorptive lesion (FORL).
Toothbrushing and Dental Prophylaxis in Cats and Dogs
 Why should I brush my dog's or cat's teeth?

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