Dental Care for Pets

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What to do at the Vet

It’s essential, not just recommended, you take your dogs and cats in for regular periodontal checkups and cleaning. How often this needs to happen depends on a few different factors, such as:

  • Genetics/breed
  • Age
  • How quickly plaque builds
  • How well you take care of your pet’s teeth at home
  • Diet
  • Play habits
  • Favorite toys

The veterinarian will help you work out a unique plan for your pet’s dental needs, so you’ll have a clearer idea of how often you can expect to go in for a visit. However, if you notice yellow or brown plaque building up around the gum line, that’s absolutely a sign that a cleaning is in order. Likewise, if an accident has occurred that resulted in chipped or broken teeth – such as a fall or gnawing a little too eagerly on a bone – you’ll need to schedule an appointment.

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A Medical Mission in Malawi

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All Star X-ray is proud of Denisha Shipman, who served as a healthcare volunteer on a medical mission trip this past October.

She served in a remote village in Malawi as a representative of MedReach, Inc. The basic healthcare needs we take for granted here in the United States are rarities in this and other nearby communities. In fact, the closest hospital is 60 miles away. And for a village in a nation where 80% of the citizenry lives below the poverty line and earning less than $1.25 a day, access is near impossible.

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What Happens When You Don’t Test Your X-Ray Equipment


X-ray imaging equipment isn’t invincible. It is subjected to the same wear and tear as any other type of mechanical equipment. But because these machines play such an essential role in the diagnostic process, clinics and other medical facilities must be diligent to ensure they operate safely and efficiently. Failure to schedule routine inspections or note potential issues with your x-ray equipment may very well lead to some actively harmful consequences.

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The Best Time for New X-ray Equipment

While it is true that there is never a bad time to purchase new imaging equipment, your business can benefit if that purchase is made before the end of the tax year. Although the Section 179 deduction limit for equipment purchases made in 2014 is down from $500,000 to $25,000, business owners should take advantage of this still-significant tax break before December 31.

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Are High Heel Shoes Dangerous to Your Health?

A carefully selected pair of high heel shoes can make or break an outfit. They project such a wide range of images – of power, of beauty, of taste – that their appeal is absolutely undeniable. However, even the most fashionable footwear can cause health issues and increase the risk of everything from minor foot pain to more serious injuries. Some podiatrists report that up to a quarter of their female patients seek treatment for issues directly related to high heel shoes!

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The History and Future of X-ray Technology

The history of X-ray technology is fascinating. Understanding how one discovery built upon another, and how subsequent research was conducted in order to realize the full potential X-ray technology, gives you a sense of how far the medical community has come in the diagnosis and treatment of everything from minor sprains to killer diseases such as pneumonia.

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X-ray Radiation Safety


Even though they aren’t directly being tested, radiographers and other medical imaging employees are still susceptible to increased levels of radiation. Because increased radiation exposure happens on a day in, day out basis for them – it’s especially important that they be properly trained for safety protocols.

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Conventional vs. Digital Radiography

In the medical world, digital radiography is certainly growing in popularity over conventional film technologies. As digital radiography options decrease in price, more clinics and private practices are enjoying access to enhanced image quality. Image quality and portability are two big reasons we believe healthcare practitioners seeking faster, higher-quality imaging should explore the option of digital radiography.

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