Sleuth the Reporter Dog works hard to keep his teeth clean. The folks at the Veterinary News Network brush his teeth at least once a day. But, some of Sleuthís friends never get dental care and that could lead to big problems. Here are some tips about a new, high tech device helping our veterinarians see whatís happening in our petsí mouths.
1) Dental disease is the most common diagnosis in all adult dogs and cats. Experts estimate that 80-85% of all pets have dental disease by age three.
2) Whatís worse is that many times the disease is hidden under the gumline. Jaw fractures, root abscesses and jaw bone loss are very common problems in pets.
3) Dental x-rays can help identify these problems earlier so that treatment can be started. Unfortunately, many people are unaware of this diagnostic tool.
4) New technology has increased the availability of dental x-rays by using digital sensors instead of x-ray film. The sensor captures an image that can then be seen on a computer screen.
5) Because thereís no film to process, the time to take x-rays of your petís mouth is decreased, which lessens the time he or she is under anesthesia. Even the size of the x-ray machine itself is getting smaller. New hand-held, portable units are now available.
6) The computer software enables the user to magnify suspected lesions for better viewing or even email the images to specialists for review.
7) This technology is helping veterinarians and veterinary dentists provide a higher level of dental care for our dogs and cats.
8) It is important to realize that our pets must be anesthetized for this sort of diagnostic tool. Thankfully, in a modern veterinary practice, this too is high tech and very safe.
9) Ask your veterinarian about the importance of routine dental cleanings, good imaging and how best to treat dental issues. He or she can also advise you on the proper home care techniques, such as daily brushing, which will help minimize dental disease in your four legged friend.
10) Trust a site like MyVNN.com to provide you with accurate and unbiased pet health information.