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Posted on 09-11-2017

Compass is pleased to announce that we have recently acquired a Midmark Digital Dental X-Ray Unit. Our new Midmark Dental X-Ray Unit allows our Veterinarians to provide the best assessment of your pet’s dental health. The Midmark is completely digital; high quality x-ray images are available almost instantly to the attending Veterinarian.

Dental disease can result in bad breath, painful chewing, and tooth loss.
Bacteria under the gum can travel to the heart, kidneys, and liver.
A professional dental cleaning is required to remove plaque and tartar from a pet’s teeth and to assess the health of the mouth.

In the above photo, Lead Veterinary Technician April Wetherell positions the Midmark Dental X-Ray unit while Dr Connolly monitors the patient. Patient support includes IV Fluids, Digital Monitoring, and the patient warming system with warm blown air.

Regular at-home dental care can help improve the health of your pet’s mouth and lengthen the intervals between professional dental cleanings.


Just as in people, daily brushing can help remove food particles from between your pet’s teeth. You can use a child’s toothbrush or purchase an oral hygiene kit from Compass. Human toothpastes should be avoided because they contain ingredients that should not be swallowed by your pet. Your dog or cat may like the taste of pet toothpaste, which is available in flavors such as chicken, seafood, and malt.

It’s estimated that 85 percent of all pets have periodontal disease by the time they are 3 years of age.

In the phto above, Lead Tech April is positioning the X-Ray Unit while Dr Connolly adjusts the patient warming blanket and reads vital signs on the bionet patient monitor.

A thorough dental cleaning can be accomplished only while your pet is under general anesthesia. Anesthesia keeps your pet free of pain during the dental procedure and allows our veterinarian to fully inspect the teeth and remove tartar from under the gums. During anesthesia, a soft plastic tube is inserted into the trachea to support your pet’s breathing and to prevent the inhalation of bacteria that are aerosolized during the cleaning. A dental cleaning generally includes the following:
• Removal of visible plaque and tartar from the teeth
• Elimination of plaque and tartar from under the gum
• Probing of dental sockets to assess dental disease
• Polishing to smooth enamel scratches that may attract bacteria
• Dental radiographs (X-rays) to evaluate problems below the gumline
• Application of fluoride or a dental sealer
• Removal or repair of fractured or infected teeth
• Dental charting so progression of dental disease can be monitored over time
• Inspection of the lips, tongue, and entire mouth for growths, wounds, or other problems

Above left:  April sets up the shot.     Above right.  Vet Tech Penny Ishizuka checks the patient\s vital signs.

How Do I Know if My Pet Needs a Dental Cleaning?
Regular inspection of your pet’s mouth is important to catch dental disease in the early stages. Tartar may appear as a brownish-gold buildup on the teeth, close to the gumline. Redness or bleeding along the gumline may indicate gingivitis. Other signs of dental disease include:
• Bad breath
• Drooling
• Pawing at the mouth
• Difficulty chewing
• Loose or missing teeth
If you notice any of these signs in your pet, schedule an appointment with Dr Connolly.

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