The dental dozen: Products that improve oral health

May 22, 2019
Jan Bellows, DVM, DAVDC, DABVP, FAVD

dvm360, dvm360 July 2019, Volume 50, Issue 6

Veterinary dentist Dr. Jan Bellows introduces products that are making it easier for clients and veterinary practices to improve the oral health and well-being of cats and dogs.

More and more veterinary clients are realizing the importance of pet dental health, and the industry is responding with products that offer more effective home care and enable veterinarians to perform dental procedures more accurately and efficiently. From dental chews to surgical instruments to anesthesia monitors, here are some of the latest and greatest dental products to have hit the market.

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1. Digital sensor

New from Dentalaire is a sensor boot for the Dentalaire intraoral digital sensor. This boot helps place the sensor in the mouth more easily and provides added protection against bite trauma.

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2. Mouth prop

Also from Dentalaire is an autoclavable mouth prop, available in small, medium and large sizes.

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3. Dental chew

Working with a boarded veterinary nutritionist and a boarded dentist, Pets Best Life has introduced a new dental chew. Yummy Combs has a patented six-sided honeycomb shape to get between close teeth and aid oral hygiene.

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4. Dental chew

New from Virbac, C.E.T. Veggiedent Fr3sh Tartar Control Chews for Dogs have earned the Veterinary Oral Health Council Seal of Acceptance. These vegetable-based chews offer the added benefit of decreasing oral malodor. They contain no animal proteins and are available in four sizes.

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5. Warming blanket

Hot Dog warming blankets now offer a dual-port controller that allows for warming two patients at the same time using a single controller. Safe, effective, durable and reusable, these warming blankets are clinically proven to be more effective than competitive products.     

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6. Hot air warmer

Bair Hugger Warming Unit Model 675 from 3M incorporates updated software that accurately reflects the temperature at the end of the hose and displays on the LCD screen. The product is compatible with all Bair Hugger blanket styles.

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7. Digital sensor

Midmark has introduced the first and only veterinary-specific, bite-resistant intraoral digital sensor with patented sensor housing to provide clear, crisp images that resist bite damage four times as well as the company's standard sensor. Midmark also provides free unlimited technical support and software upgrades for the life of the sensor.

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8. Capnograph

Rad-97 with NomoLine Capnography from Masimo features an integrated sidestream gas analyzer for capnography, meeting continuous pulse carbon dioxide–oximetry and capnography needs in a single device with numeric, trend and waveform viewing options as well as fractional concentration of inspired carbon dioxide and respiration rate.

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9. Endodontic motor

X-Smart IQ from Dentsply Sirona is a cordless endodontic motor controlled by a free Apple iOS IQ app. The monitor offers ease of use, virtually unbreakable NiTi rotary files tailor-made for dogs and cats, and the automatic reverse feature when a file binds. X-Smart IQ is a complete solution when shaping root canal before cleaning and filling.

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10. Catheter delivery system

Coltene's upgraded catheter delivery system delivers GuttaFlow to the apex of the cleaned root canal and can be cut to customize the length.

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11. Periotome

Vet-Tome from iM3 is an automated periotome with foot pedal operation that facilitates precise tooth extraction with minimal or no alveolar bone loss and less trauma. The mechanical action and thin flexible blade allow easy insertion into the periodontal ligament space and alveolus coupled with the side-to-side movement by the operator cutting the ligament. The Vet-Tome decreases hand fatigue and speeds extraction time.

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12. Physiologic monitor

Digicare's LifeWindow One is a multiparameter portable physiologic monitor engineered for veterinary anesthesia. Compact and user friendly, LifeWindow offers optional Wi-Fi connectivity to allow users to connect to the product's iPad app for full control of the monitor, waveform display, printing and saving waveforms and patient records.

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