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Medical Acupuncture comes to Seven Oaks Animal Hospital!

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We have expanded our services to include Physical Medicine at Seven Oaks Animal Hospital.  You may want to check out some recent photos on our FaceBook page here.  If you would like more information on medical acupuncture, our most recent improvement in patient benefits, click here.

Dr. Liz Cuttino wants to hear from you- what questions do you have about the things you see here?  She is compiling a list of freqently asked questions, so email her and you may see your specific concern addressed in the physical medicine F. A. Q. page we are compiling!

Dental health: Home care vs. Professional care

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Dog showing off pearly white teeth

Several factors influence oral health, including genetics, lifestyle, diet, and what we as humans do to a pet’s mouth.  We (both pet owners and veterinary professionals) can have a powerful influence over the lifelong course of oral health, especially in our pets who are more prone to develop higher degrees of disease.  Our influence can be divided into two categories:

  1. Home care.  This involves the use of products and routine habits at home to slow the progression of dental disease.  Gold standard for the best home care is brushing the teeth every day with a pet-safe toothpaste.  (Rhythm and Laci prefer the chicken-flavored Enzadent toothpaste ). For those unable to achieve daily brushing, the Veterinary Oral Health Council (veterinary analog of the ADA) has conveniently created an up-to-date list of products that have demonstrated the efficacy of their claims.  Check it out here.
  2. Professional care.  When bacteria-laden calculus starts accumulating on the teeth and affecting the gums, it is time for professional intervention.  That’s where we come in.  For optimal long term dental health, professional prophylactic cleaning and assessment should be performed when the dental disease is at a Grade 1 on a scale of 0-4.  We scale the calculus from the surface of the teeth and below the gum line (the most important part), polish out the enamel, and apply a sealant to slow future buildup.  As pets go further along the scale of dental disease, additional treatments are needed to restore oral health.  Additional disease= longer procedure, more expensive treatment products, and possible permanent changes or even tooth loss.  We want to keep our pets in that Grade 0-1 range where we can restore perfect mouth health and keep them happy and pain free for life.

Here is the big news:

Since the goal is to keep pets in the grade 0-1 range, never letting them develop gingivitis, periodontal disease, etc, the price structure of our care has been restructured to reflect this health priority.  As of February 2015, grade 1 dental treatment has been deeply discounted to allow us to keep our patients in regular care.  I have also deeply discounted certain follow-up treatments for pets who start at a grade 3 or 4.  Call us for details on these great deals!  Jen is ready to discuss the details with you, and she can get you scheduled for an oral health assessment and map out a dental health care plan customized to your pet.

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