Feline caries in two cats from a 13th century archeological excavation

Berger, Marianne; Stich, Hermann; Hüster, Heidemarie; Roux, Philippe; Schawalder, Peter (2006). Feline caries in two cats from a 13th century archeological excavation. Journal of veterinary dentistry, 23(1), pp. 13-7. Boise, Idaho: American Veterinary Dental Society AVDS

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Mandibles of two cats containing carious lesions were discovered among the previously published findings of feline dental resorptive lesions from materials examined at an archaeological museum. These lesions were too small to be noted on radiographs, and consisted of two inconspicuous enamel lesions in a mandibular left first molar tooth (309), a clinically visible white spot area containing an enamel lesion in a mandibular left fourth premolar tooth (308), and a root surface caries in the 308 of a different specimen. Histologic examination using special stains and polarized light revealed both initial and early initial stage enamel caries, as well as root surface caries. Knoop hardness measurements confirmed these findings, considered the first documented cases of feline caries.

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04 Faculty of Medicine > School of Dental Medicine > Department of Preventive, Restorative and Pediatric Dentistry
05 Veterinary Medicine > Department of Clinical Veterinary Medicine (DKV) > Small Animal Clinic

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Stich, Hermann; Roux, Philippe and Schawalder, Peter




American Veterinary Dental Society AVDS




Eveline Carmen Schuler

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04 Oct 2013 14:45

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25 Jan 2017 12:17

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https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/18694 (FactScience: 903)

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