Dental care is one of the most overlooked aspects of a pet’s wellness. Owners often assume that the worst side effect of dirty teeth is bad breath, but that’s definitely not the case. Neglecting oral health has far more serious side effects than just bad breath. It can result in gum and severe periodontal disease, which can eventually lead to serious disorders, such as heart, liver, and kidney disease. Unfortunately, poor oral health is very common in American pets; more than half of all dogs and cats aged 3 and up have some form of gum disease. The good news is that this can be treated with regular dental cleanings.
About Our Dental Services
Your pet’s oral health is extremely important to us. During every wellness exam, we will evaluate your pet’s oral health. If there’s evidence of gum disease, tartar buildup, or damage to your pet’s teeth, we will recommend a professional dental cleaning. At the time of exam, an estimate will be provided. Please understand that this only an estimate, and a complete oral evaluation can only be completed once a patient is under general anesthesia.
Our pet dentistry services include:
- Pre-operative blood work
- Intravenous fluids
- Careful monitoring by a trained technician throughout the procedure
- Ultra-sonic scaling
- Hand scaling (if needed)
- Polishing of teeth
- Fluoride treatment
- Digital dental radiography
- Pain control (if necessary)
Once a complete oral examination and digital dental radiographs have been evaluated, the veterinarian will make a decision based on the findings. In some cases, dental extractions or oral surgery may be needed.
At-Home Dental Care
The health of your pet’s mouth shouldn’t depend solely on annual dental cleanings. We recommend that you and your family be proactive about your pet’s oral health. Daily brushing is the best method of preventing plaque and tartar buildup.
The sooner you get into a dental hygiene routine, the better. If you start brushing your pet’s teeth while they’re still young, it’s more likely that they’ll adjust to the practice. This will make future dental care much easier in the long run. If you have any questions about our pet dentistry services, or if you need recommendations for dental products, feel free to contact us.