When Dr. Gignac graduated back in the olden days, dentistry as a veterinary specialty was in its early infancy. Vet students at that time probably received a few days of dental lectures at best. We have come a long way since then, but there is still far to go.
Traditionally, veterinarians have done a rather poor job in educating clients about the importance of regular dental care in their pets. Too often, we have waited until the mouth looked pretty awful, and then finally recommended that a pet come in for a “dentistry”. By this time, significant, irreversible disease has already taken hold.
Dental care should be part of an ongoing preventive health program for our cats and dogs. Home care and regular professional dental cleanings are important to preserve the teeth and keep our pets healthy and comfortable. Professional dental cleanings are recommended annually, so that we can prevent significant dental disease from ever happening.
Dr. Gignac has a great interest in veterinary dentistry, and is a member of the American Veterinary Dental Society. He has attended numerous continuing education seminars to further his dental skills.
Our hospital is equipped with all of the equipment necessary to provide routine dental care for our patients, including dental Xrays, professional cleanings, periodontal treatment/surgery and extractions. For procedures that are more advanced or require specialized equipment, we can refer our patients to a veterinary dental specialist for further treatment.
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