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|Dr. Duke recognized his special
interest in animal dentistry as early as 1976. It is then that he and a group of
veterinarians met to discuss the need for increase awareness and specialization of animal
dentistry. This grass roots beginning ultimately lead to the formation of the The
American Veterinary Dental Society (AVDS). Dr. Duke continues today to provide
advance dental care to a wide variety of animals on the gulf coast; from companion animals
to exotics such as dolphins, sea lions. Even an occasional rabbit has required the
services of Dr. Duke. For more information on Dr. Duke's commitment to animal
dentistry please visit our "staff" section.
Dental services at DAC range from routine cleaning and preventative dentistry to restoration dentistry. Fillings, root canals, and braces are all part of a extensive dental services offered at Duke Animal Clinic. REFERRAL FORM LINK
The AVDS estimates that approximately 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats will have signs of oral disease by the age of three. Oral disease starts with a build up of bacteria in the mouth and this bacteria combined with saliva and food debris causes plaque formation. With time this plaque turns into tartar and tartar build up can cause gum disease (gingivitis) and infection. Gingivitis is reversible with good plaque prevention and removal. Untreated gingivitis may lead to periodontal infection (periodontitis) that will cause damage to the tissue supporting the tooth and tooth loss. Bacteria from periodontitis may enter the bloodstream and potentially affect many internal organs.
Good dental care starts with an examination of the teeth at your animal's first visit. Instructions on proper dental care will be given at this visit. With a puppy or kitten, knowing the teething stages and what to look for can be of great assistance. Also, information on how to start getting you dog or cat comfortable with having its' teeth brushed will be provided along with a demonstration.
Brushing your dog's/cat's teeth is the first line defense against tartar formation. There are products that are designed just for dogs/cats to aid in the care and prevention of dental disease on the market. Special food, water additives, enzymatic chews and chewable bones are available commercially.
While gum disease is the primary concern there are many other dental "problems" seen in animals. Broken teeth, misaligned teeth, and foreign objects stuck in the mouth are common occurrences. Occasionally tumors of the mouth can occur. Early detection, diagnosis and treatment can greatly improve the outcome of oral tumors.
The annual exam is of utmost importance for care of your pet.
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