In this episode, I interview Dr. Barden Greenfield who is board-certified in veterinary dentistry. He was recently elected President of the American Veterinary Dental College. He gives us an overview of the most common dental diseases in pets and why maintaining good oral health can actually help your pet live a longer, happier life.
- Why he decided to specialize in dentistry after being in general practice for several years and what it takes to become a specialist in dentistry.
- The most common dental diseases in dogs vs. cats.
- Which dental diseases are preventable and what steps pet owners can take to insure good oral health in their pets.
- "Chews" that are commonly purchased but should be avoided because they are among the leading causes of tooth fractures in dogs.
- Why maintaining good oral health is vital to your pet's overall health and well-being as well as longevity.
- The most important thing you can do to maintain your pet's oral health.
- Why the new trend of anesthesia-free dentisty is a bad idea.
- What signs to look for that indicate your pet should have a dental exam as soon as possible.
- Periodontal disease - the most common disease that dogs get and why it's best to prevent it than treat it.
- Factors that should be considered when deciding whether to save or extract a fractured tooth.
- The potential costs associated with treating the diseases commonly seen in dogs and cats.
- How pet insurance can help pay for not only the prevention of dental disease, but also the treatment of dental disease.
Links to websites discussed in this episode:
Dr. Greenfield's website
VOHC website to acceptable and proven products that promote oral health in pets