We believe taking full mouth dental radiographs as part of our routine dental teeth cleaning procedure is good medicine. There is a huge difference between what you can see with the naked eye and what a dental radiograph can reveal. It’s like looking at the tip of an iceberg, then trying to guess how big the iceberg is or how deep it goes. A dental radiograph completes the picture and helps us find problems with your pet’s teeth before they become a painful experience. Since we’ve started taking full mouth dental radiographs, we’ve found more periodontal disease problems. Simply put, even when the teeth we can see look healthy, we’re still finding significant problems.
So, just like your human dentist who recommends regular full mouth radiographs, we do too. We think it’s even more important for pets since they can’t talk. Instead, they can only give us clues when there’s a problem in their mouth. They take longer to eat, they might become picky about their food, avoiding hot or cold or hard food. They might have really bad breath. They might even become less active or avoid playing with their favorite chew toys. Another clue we look for is a pet that is losing weight – it’s just too painful for them to chew and swallow.