In an added effort to provide your pet with quality care, we offer pet dental services in our veterinary office. Periodontal disease common in pets. It is an infection of the gums surrounding the teeth/gums that happens as a result of tartar and plaque build-up. While periodontal disease is entirely preventable, when left untreated it can lead to tooth loss, cardiac disease, kidney infection, liver infection, or stroke.
Reasons for regular dental check-ups:
Avoid tooth loss due to periodontal disease
Help your pet avert unnecessary pain
Help your pet maintain healthy and functional teeth
Improve foul breath
Prevent potential damage to the brain, heart, liver, lungs, and kidneys
What does a pet dental exam involve?
Pets can experience many of the same dental issues that humans do, including gingivitis, periodontal disease, necessary tooth extraction, and deep scaling. Regular dental exams and cleanings can help you avoid the costliness of involved dental procedures and can help prevent your pet from unnecessary suffering.
During your pet’s teeth cleaning, a dental technician will gently clean the surface of the teeth with an ultrasonic scaler that cleans using the vibration of sound waves and water. After scaling the teeth, the technician lightly buffs and polishes your pet’s teeth and places a fluoride treatment to complete their dental cleaning. If more serious conditions are discovered, tooth extractions might be required. Only those teeth which the doctor determined to be unhealthy will be extracted.
After the cleaning, we will provide you with an analysis of your pet's oral health
Some simple home hygiene tips are:
Brushing your pet’s teeth as little as one time a week can cut down on 50-60% of tartar build-up.
Dental products specifically designed for pets, including Oravet and CET, can help protect gums and lessen tartar.
Dry pet food is better for teeth than canned food; it causes abrasion to tooth surfaces when chewed, helping remove tartar build-up.
There are many pet toys that support dental health. Buying your pets these toys not only entertains them, but offers a dual purpose in helping clean teeth.
Remember, creating a smooth clean tooth surface makes it more difficult for tartar and plaque to build up!
If you would like to schedule a dental cleaning for your pet, call our office to schedule an appointment.