Your pets need to have regular dental cleanings and oral care just like you do!
During your Wellness Exam, your veterinarian will assess your pet’s dental heath. This may include dental x-rays, as well as a visual assessment. A thorough examination of your pet’s teeth and gums will allow the doctor to recommend the appropriate kinds of dental procedures which would be most beneficial to your pet.
Our clinic offers a wide variety of dentistry services, from routine dental cleanings to more complex extraction procedures.
Some of the procedures offered at our clinic include:
Dental Prophylaxis – This is the complex name for a routine dental cleaning. Just like in humans, plaque can accumulate in them mouths of your cat or dog. Over time, this plague hardens into tarter. If the tarter remains on the teeth, your pet could develop gingivitis…a painful inflammation of the gums. Dental cleanings are preformed under general anesthesia. This means that your pet should have a panel of preoperative blood work run to check the functions of the liver and kidneys, as these are the organs though which the body processes the anesthesia. The actual procedure of the dental cleaning involves the scaling of each tooth. This removes the plaque and tarter both from the surface of each individual tooth, as well as just below the gum line. After each of the teeth is cleaned, they are then polished.
Extractions - During the course of your pet’s dental evaluation, the doctor may determine it necessary to extract any teeth which may be damaged or broken. Although pets to not usually form cavities the same way that humans do, they are susceptible to dental damage due to other factors. Smaller dogs in particular are more likely to have overcrowded or misaligned teeth, which can lead to health problems. Broken and infected teeth can cause a number of secondary health problems, if left untreated, and can be very painful for your pet. If an extraction is necessary, it will often be preformed alongside a routine dental cleaning, while your pet is already under anesthesia.
Routine dental cleaning and maintenance can help you avoid excessive emergency costs, and save your pet the pain and discomfort of dental problems. If you suspect that your pet could be suffering from a dental problem, we suggest scheduling an examination with your veterinarian.
Some signs that your pet could be developing an oral health problem can include:
- Bad breath
- Visible Tartar on the Teeth
- Loose or Missing Teeth
- Difficulty Eating
- Drooling or Excessive Salivation
- Pawing at the Teeth or Mouth
- Red, Irritated, Swollen, or Bleeding Gums