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Introducing Dr. Maria Soltero-Rivera! A board-certified dentist, she is partnering with Dr. Molly Zacher to offer dentistry and oral surgery services at SFVS Monday to Friday. Our dentistry team operates on referrals from primary care veterinarians.

dr. maria soltero-rivera

dr. maria soltero-rivera

With only about 150 board-certified veterinary dentists in the country, we’re excited to welcome one to the team here at SFVS. Dr. Soltero-Rivera looks forward to working with primary care veterinarians in the community, patients and clients.

More About Maria Soltero-Rivera, DVM, DAVDC
Dr. Maria Soltero-Rivera received her DVM from Cornell University. After that, she returned to her native Puerto Rico for a year-long small-animal surgical internship at Veterinary Specialty Hospital in San Juan, followed by a small-animal rotating internship at Long Island Veterinary Specialists. A board-certified veterinary dentist, she recently has spent her time lecturing at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, which is where she completed her residency in dentistry and oral surgery. Clinical interests include diagnosis and treatment of oral tumors and oral and maxillofacial trauma repair.

“The ability to make a significant impact in the health and quality of life of a pet and the way they interact with their human companions makes my profession the best!” – Dr. Soltero-Rivera 


When not working, she can be found playing at the beach with her 2-year-old, Aurora; her husband, Bernardo; and their two Chihuahuas, Olivia and Pickles. She also loves cooking, reading and running. Maria can probably spill the beans on her famous brother’s magic tricks after all those years of being his lovely assistant.



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SFVS’s internal medicine and dentistry specialist Jamie G. Anderson, DVM, MS, DAVDC, DACVIM, answered a San Francisco Chronicle reader’s question in today’s Ask the Vet.

The question: When I admired the beautiful, sparkly white teeth of my friend’s dog, she attributed it to a product she uses by Wysong. It’s a refrigerated “dental treat,” with instructions to “sprinkle liberally over food.” It looks like Parmesan cheese. I just bought it and have to admit, my dogs absolutely love it, but I’m wondering … is there any merit to its claims that it “maintains oral health”?

For Dr. Anderson’s answer: Wysong dental product claims unverified

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Today’s SFVS video features Jamie G. Anderson, DVM, MS, DAVDC, DACVIM. Dr. Anderson is both an internal medicine specialist and a dentistry/oral surgery specialist. Click to watch a kitty in her “dental chair!”


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dog_teethSFVS’s Jamie Anderson, DVM, MS, DAVDC, DACVIM, is featured in the January 2009 edition of Fetch the Paper. Her article on canine dentistry, titled “Dog Dentistry; Do try this at home!,” appears in the “Health Matters” section of the paper. The piece discusses what’s normal (and what’s not) as far as canine oral health, and touches on some of the most common conditions (gingivitis, periodontitis).

An excerpt:

When your pup yawns, have a good look in her mouth. This is one of the best ways to check your dog’s oral and dental health at home, and the things you see could save your pet’s life.

Of course, the oral examination is an important part of every dog’s physical examination with her veterinarian. Sometimes, however, what you see at home will prompt a visit to your veterinarian and direct specific treatment. All too often, diseases in the mouth aren’t found until it’s too late to treat them.

When your pet yawns, there’s a lot to see. Just like you, dogs and cats have gums, teeth, a tongue, a palate and salivary glands. And just like yours, these structures can be healthy or diseased.

Read the entire article: Dog Dentistry; Do try this at home!

Related: Dentistry & Oral Surgery at SFVS

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Two SFVS staff members—Danielle O’Brien, DVM, and Antonia Gale, RVT—were in the Dec. 20 edition of the San Francisco Chronicle. The two answered a reader’s question about dental abscesses, emphasizing the need to “take care of this situation as soon as possible, before things get even more complicated (and costly).”

What is a dental abscess? A dental abscess is basically a bacterial infection at the root of a tooth and/or in the gum tissue surrounding the tooth. And just as in humans, an abscess can cause throbbing pain for our pets. An abscess also can cause an inability to eat or drink, constant drooling and tendency to bite if touched on the site.

Read the full Q+A: Don’t ignore your pet’s abscesses

Related: Dentistry + Oral Surgery at SFVS

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An article on DogChannel.com highlights the role of veterinary dental specialists. The piece begins: “Many general practice veterinarians can perform routine dental work, such as cleaning to remove tartar buildup and extraction of infected teeth. However, if your dog has something unusual or more serious in the mouth, such as deep gum disease (peridontitis), tooth or jaw malformations, jaw fractures, or oral tumors, your veterinarian may refer you to a dental specialist who has advanced training and equipment.”

Read the article here: Specialists Help Save Dogs’ Teeth / Dental problems beyond cleaning and extraction often require a specialist’s skills.

Related: Dentistry & Oral Surgery at SFVS

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