Know Your Equipment…Dental Luxators

Having dental equipment is one thing…understanding how it is used is another.  The instruments show below aredental luxators.  A luxator is a valuable piece of equipment that I use quite frequently when performing extractions.  I especially like the Cislak 100C and 1.3S luxators
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Hear Dr. G’s Podcast on Pet Health Insurance

Dr. G did a podcast with Dr. William Kinney, one of the foremost DVM’s on pet health insurance coverage.  He has written books on the subject and is well-respected among his peers.  The discussion went over common dental problems facing dogs and cats as well as the role of insur
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Dens Invaginatus in the dog…a periodontal and endodontic disease process

  This is a very interesting case.  Note the gingivitis between the two roots (circled area).  Probing must be performed next to assess for any pockets, followed by dental radiography.  Dental radiographs confirm a tooth that has roots that converge along with a pulp stone in the
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Dr. G lectures in Nashville for AAHA and NVA

I had the tremendous privilege of teaming up with one of my favorite dental specialists, Jan Bellows, for a continuing education meeting for NVA (National Veterinary Associates) sponsored by AAHA (American Animal Hospital Association) this past weekend in Nashville, TN.  Dr. David Bel
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Watch out for grass seeds causing oral lesions!!

When I was in private practice, I used to see a lot of grass seed foreign bodies between the toes of dogs.  These nasty seeds (aka foxtails) can migrate between the toes and cause significant pain and discomfort.  Even worse, they don’t migrate out but rather embed themselves so
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Demand a Dental Exam With Your Puppy Visit to Vet

Many dog and cat breeds have been over-bred/inbred to the point that undesirable malocclusions have reared their ugly face!  I have seen an alarming amount of overbites and underbites that cause tremendous pain and discomfort for a puppy.  Please make sure your veterinarian examines i
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Would You Like Dr. G to Speak/Lecture To Your Group?

I have had the tremendous pleasure of speaking to not only local, state, and national veterinary medical organizations, but also to community groups such as obedience clubs, specific breed clubs, and humane society organizations. Veterinary dentistry is my passion, so if you would lik
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Worn Canine Teeth? What Can You Do?

Let’s say your beloved dog loves to chew on bones, tennis balls, or even unfortunately a cage or kennel. What comes next is the traumatic abrasion to the back end of a very important tooth (canine tooth). Constant abrasion can remove essential enamel (tooth covering) and even de
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Dr G is now President-elect of the American Veterinary Dental College (AVDC)

Congrats go out to Dr. Greenfield for being nominated by his peers at the annual meeting of the AVDC (American Veterinary Dental College) at their meeting in Atlanta, GA.  Dr. G will serve as President-elect for 2 years, then will serve as President for 2 years. “I am humbled an
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Know the Facts About Anesthetic-Free Dentistry (AFD)

The American Veterinary Dental College (AVDC) has a very informative website ( http://avdc.org/AFD/ ) solely dedicated to addressing the veterinary and pet owner concerns regarding Anesthetic-Free Dentistry (AFD).  I highly recommend you read this to better understand why it is import
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Why Use a Plaque Preventive Water Additive?

Do you know how many pet owners actually brush their pet’s teeth? 50%? 25%? 15%?  Try much, much less. A recent study indicates that only 5% of pet owners actually brush their pet’s teeth. So my next thought is – if you don’t brush, what can you do? You, the pet owne
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Why full mouth extractions give your cat a new (and comfortable) lease on life!

Cats can develop a severe gingivostomatitis (GS) that can truly make life a holy hell for them.  While veterinary dentists and researchers have yet to find a definitive reason why this painful disease occurs, we do know that removing the teeth (in most instances all of them) eliminate
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Anesthetic-Free Dentistry (NAD) is FRAUD…so beware!

There are a few current fads that are detrimental like driving while texting, binge diets…and non-anesthetic dentistry.  Anesthetic-Free Dentistry (AFD)??  Yep, the proponents claim they can adequately scale, polish, probe and even diagnose periodontal disease by manually restra
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Antlers Are Dangerous To Your Dog

One of the most common discussions among our Dental Specialist E-group is the explosion of deer and elk antlers in pet stores, and the deleterious effect they are having on dog’s teeth. The most common tooth to be fractured is the maxillary 4th premolar tooth, which is one of th
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Why your dog has bad breath…and what to do for it

We all love getting kisses from our family pets, but in many instances, the odor is out of control.  Why does it smell so bad and what can you do about it? It doesn’t take much time for plaque to form in the mouth.  You are reminded of this fact every morning prior to brushing y
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Treatment Plan for a Fractured Tooth Depends on Timeline of Fracture

When a veterinarian or pet owner calls regarding treating a fractured tooth with pulp exposure, the first question to be asked is ‘when do you think this happened?’.  The timeline of a tooth fracture is ESSENTIAL in establishing a treatment plan.  If a tooth fracture occur
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