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Veterinary College Expands Small Animal Dentistry Service
COLLEGE STATION - March 3, 2006 - As the lifespan of pets
continues to increase, the field of dentistry is becoming one of
the fastest growing service areas within veterinary medicine, says
Dr. J.R. "Bert" Dodd, clinical associate professor and veterinary
dentist at the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical
Sciences at Texas A&M University.
The Small Animal Pet Dentistry Service is now offering full-time
dental services for dogs and cats. Dodd offers routine cleanings as
well as oral surgery, periodontal evaluation and treatment,
endodontic therapy, restorations, orthodontics, oral evaluations
and digital radiology.
"Dental disease can contribute to generalized systemic disease
in veterinary patients - it's not merely a localized or cosmetic
problem," says Dodd. "In fact, dental disease is the No. 1 disease
entity affecting adult pets."
In a study done by the American Veterinary Dental Society, more
than 80% of dogs and 70% of cats develop some degree of periodontal
disease by three years of age. This may include gingivitis,
periodontal infections, malocclusions, fractured teeth, oral tumors
or painful cavity-like lesions.
Bacteria in the mouth associated with periodontal disease can
spread to vital organs including the liver, kidneys or heart and
lead to infections in these organs, according to Dodd. "Bacteria
are released into the bloodstream every time a pet chews or plays
with toys," he says.
"Good dental care can have a very positive effect on a pet's
overall health," Dodd believes. "Ideally, all pets should have
their teeth brushed daily and have annual dental examinations
and/or cleanings to ensure they have the best possible health."
A 1979 graduate of Texas A&M University's College of
Veterinary Medicine, Dodd opened the Hiway 620 Animal Hospital in
Austin in 1981. He is a Diplomate of the American Veterinary Dental
College and a Fellow and past President of the Academy of
Teaching veterinary dentistry to other veterinarians, veterinary
students and veterinary technicians is one of his passions as he
lectures throughout the United States. Dodd says he is available to
veterinarians for dental consultations and as a resource regarding
Dodd is assisted in the dental service by Tommy Koenig, RVT,
AVDT. "Tommy has been with me for the past 18 years in Austin and
is now with me here full-time at the college," says Dodd. "He is
invaluable in providing educational lectures and equipment training
Dodd also works closely with other members of the Department of
Small Animal Clinical Sciences - including behaviorists,
radiologists, oncologists, anesthesiologists, cardiologists,
internists and surgeons - to provide a comprehensive referral
service. The service has access to state-of-the-art dental and
diagnostic (radiography, CT and ultrasound) equipment in the
Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital (VMTH).
Located in the VMTH's Department of Small Animal Clinical
Sciences, the Small Animal Pet Dentistry Service can be contacted
for appointment scheduling Monday-Friday at 979-845-2351. Referrals
are not required. For more information visit vetmed.tamu.edu/services/dental.
Angela G. Clendenin
Director, Communications & Public Relations
Ofc - (979) 862-2675
Cell - (979) 739-5718
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