Dental Radiology Course 17th April 2018 - announcement

We are running another one day course on dental radiology on 17th April 2018 with a potential overspill day of 19th June 2018 if the demand is high enough.

 The course details can be found here. Spaces are limited to 24. This course is a day of combined theory and practice including small group work using conventional dental x-ray machines and CR digital scanners with PSP phosphor plates. Other digital methods  (DR sensors) and conventional film will be discussed and demonstrated. Cases and interpretation will also be included. The course will be run from the East Lothian Yacht Club on the picturesque harbour in North Berwick - see below.  Terms and conditions can be found here.


The BBC commissioned a study under our guidance for the "Trust me I'm a vet" programme. The aim of the study was to compare three common methods of plaque control. The programme was shown in March 2017 and is still partially available on iPlayer and Youtube.

The brushing clip can be seen here:

The study was run by Ross Allan MRCVS. Ross is based in the Roundhouse Veterinary Hospital in Glasgow. Three groups of ten client owned dogs were randomly selected following a routine scale and polish. Each group were allocated a method of plaque control. One group were tasked with daily toothbrushing with Virbac Enzymatic Paste. One group were given a Dentastix (Mars Petcare) once daily and the last group fed the dogs exclusively  Hills Prescription Diet T/D (Hills Pet Nutrition).

After eight weeks all the dogs remaining in the study had the dental plaque on their teeth measured and subjected to independent  statistical analysis. Ross was fully blinded to group allocation throughout and the study had RCVS Ethics Committee approval.

The full results were very interesting and the whole study has been submitted to the Journal of Small Animal Practice to be published.

In summary, the collective plaque levels on the teeth of the toothbrushing group were very low. This was to be expected as daily brushing has been the gold standard in doggy dental hygiene for decades. The plaque levels for the other two teeth were broadly similar to each other but substantially higher than the toothbrushing group.

The conclusion of the study was to prove the efficacy of daily toothbrushing compared with a daily dental chew or presciption dental diet. Had the study continued there is little doubt that the gap between the toothbrushing scores and the other two groups would hve widened substantially. 


We had a trip to the zoo this week to see a bear with a sore head - dental caries to be specific. A 1940 study (Hall ER) looked at 360 bear skulls and found caries in 3. This is an 0.8% prevalence. 

Two were young adults and, as in our image, the occlusal surfaces were more severely affected. Berries and fruit are an important part of the diet. Berries have a low pH which can erode enamel. The other possible culprit is honey. This is a fermentable carbohydrate, which is necessary for caries formation. 

Interestingly a similar study in polar bears found no caries - probably due to their strictly carnivorous habits.


  DentalVets are pleased to welcome Dr Piotr Godziebiewski  as our new full time resident. Piotr is enrolled in the three-year  programme leading to specialist status via the certifying examinations of the American Veterinary Dental College (AVDC).

Piotr graduated from the University of Warsaw  in 2006 before relocating to England in 2012. Having gained a taste for veterinary dentistry in small animal practice he took the plunge in May 2017 to enter the pathway to become a registered specialist. We wish him well on his journey.

Google Maps Virtual Tour

In addition to improving our local maps and providing better directions to the clinic we have also commissioned a virtual tour of the clinic facilities which you can access with this link Google Tour