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New oral healthcare products
Recent innovations in preventive dental care can help control plaque and calculus in pets—in the office or in your clients' homes.

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Figure 6. DenTees Stars.
In small dogs and cats, a pea-sized amount of OraZn gel can be applied daily with the fingers or a gauze pad to the buccal surface of the distal maxillary molars. In medium- to large-breed dogs, OraZn can be applied directly to the pet's teeth from the bottle's built-in applicator tip. The oral cavity's bathing action helps to distribute OraZn to remote areas of the mouth.

DenTees™ Stars and Chews (DermaPet) are palatable, digestible dental treats that contain sodium hexametaphosphate, acetic acid, grapefruit seed extract, and clove (Figure 6). Both sodium hexametaphosphate and acetic acid are sequestering agents, which bind minerals and, as a result, inhibit dental plaque transformation into calculus.6 Sodium hexametaphosphate coats teeth and decreases plaque and calculus build-up.6 DenTees treats are manufactured with limited antigens (no beef or beef by-products), which makes them appealing to owners of pets with food allergies.

Figure 7. DentAcetic Wipes.
DentAcetic™ Wipes (DermaPet) are dental swabs that contain ingredients similar to Dentees to help reduce plaque. The wipes use sodium hexametaphosphate and mechanical action to remove the accumulated plaque from the buccal tooth surfaces daily (Figure 7). The flavoring agents of cinnamon and clove, which are tolerated by most pets, help deodorize pets' breath. The addition of clove also helps relieve pain. The manufacturer sells a gel product, DentAcetic Tooth Gel, with the same ingredients. Both products are designed so clients can administer them at home.

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Time will tell which of these products will work best to control plaque in pets, and which will gain favor with clients. When your practice increases client awareness of complete dental care and the veterinary products available to help reduce plaque and calculus, you'll be well on your way to diagnosing and treating fewer patients with advanced periodontal disease.

References 1. Gengler, W.: A Study to assess efficacy of a prophylactic dental product in dogs (presentation). 18th Annu. Vet. Dent. Forum, Ft. Worth, Texas, 2004.

2. Merial: OraVet barrier sealant and OraVet plaque prevention gel effectively prevent dental plaque formation in dogs. http:// Nov. 2004.

3. Bellows, J. Small Animal Dental Equipment, Materials, and Techniques: A Primer. Blackwell Publishing, Malden, Mass., 2004; p 165.

4. Polenik. P.: Zinc in etiology of periodontal disease. Med. Hypotheses 40 (3):182-185; 1993.

5. Agren, M: Zinc in wound repair. Arch. Dermatol 135 (10):1273-1274; 1999.

6. Stookey, G.K. et al.: Effect of sodium hexametaphosphate on dental calculus formation in dogs. AJVR 56 (7):913-918; 1995.


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