February is National Pet Dental Health Month

Dental Health Month

The American Veterinary Dental Society reports that 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats show signs of oral disease by age three. Disease is often indicated by bad breath, a change in eating or chewing habits, pawing at the face and mouth, and depression.

Veterinarians note that 65 percent of dogs with stage one periodontal disease often go untreated; that means a relatively simple problem can become much more significant. Routine dental care contributes to overall well being and can help maintain your pet’s good health well into his or her older years.

The Ohio State Veterinary Medical Center (VMC) is pleased to welcome our new dental specialist, Dr. Keith Stein, who provides the dental expertise to keep your pets healthy and happy.

The VMC also boasts a newly renovated dental suite that enables us to provide superior dental hygiene for your pets, from standard cleanings to more complex periodontal care. The clinic is a technologically advanced dental clinic for small animals, complete with modern anesthetic delivery systems, monitoring devices, dental radiography and high-speed drill systems.

Dr. Stein worked in private specialty practices in Columbus, New Jersey, and Maryland before completing a residency in Oral Surgery and Dentistry at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. He was also an instructor at the Animal Dental Training Center in Baltimore before coming to Ohio State.

Dr. Stein accepts appointments Monday through Thursday for routine and advanced dental procedures, including the following:

Routine Dentistry: Dental cleanings, extractions, and other routine procedures, especially on high-risk patients;

Periodontal Therapy: Root planing, bone augmentation, periodontal splinting, gingival surgery, guided tissue regeneration, complete prophylaxis and evaluation;

Endodontic Therapy: Root canal treatment, vital pulp therapy, apexification, surgical root canal treatment, and dental luxations/avulsions;

Oral Surgery: Complicated extractions, full mouth extractions, tooth resorption, and treatment of traumatic injuries and disease processes involving the oral cavity and dental arcade;

Restorative & Prosthodontic: Crown therapy (3/4 and full-coverage), enamel defect and caries restoration, and dentinal bonding;

Medical: Myositis, stomatitis, TMJ disease, and malocclusion treatment planning;

Orthodontics: Bite evaluation, orthodontic appliances, and correction of malocclusions;

Dental Radiology: Assessment of periodontal and endodontic disease, missing teeth, oral masses, and nasal discharge.

Our team can help you create a dental care routine to keep your pet healthy and happy. To schedule an appointment or address any dental concerns, call the Veterinary Medical Center at (614) 292-3551.