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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 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.

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:// http://www.oravet.com/extras/TSB-4-0005-FTB.pdf; Nov.2004.

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

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.

Dr. Jan Bellows graduated from the school of veterinary medicine at Auburn University in 1975. In 1986, Dr. Bellows became certified as a Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitionerscanine and felineand was recertified in 1996. In 1988, he became a Fellow of the Academy of Veterinary Dentistry, and a Diplomate of the American Veterinary Dental College in 1990. Dr. Bellows has lectured extensively in the United States as well as Europe. He has written many articles on veterinary dentistry as well as two books, The Practice of Veterinary Dentistry: A Team Effort (1999), and Small Animal Dental Equipment, Materials, and Techniques: A Primer (2004). Dr. Bellows practices veterinary medicine and dentistry at Hometown Animal Hospital and Dental Clinic in Weston, Fla.


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