For the last few months, the National Greyhound Adoption Program (NGAP) has been treating retired racing greyhounds’ periodontal problems, like gingivitis and root exposure, with a laser dental system originally designed for humans.

NGAP, a Philadelphia-based organization for retired racing greyhounds seeking adoption, is the first veterinary facility in the United States to utilize Biolase Technology’s Waterlase MD™ laser. When used on humans, the laser performs cavity repairs, root canals, gum surgery, and other procedures with little or no anesthesia, according to the company.

The Waterlase system uses a combination of laser energy and water to cut teeth, gums, and bone.

[July 5; S&S Public Relations]