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In an added effort to provide your pet with quality care, we offer pet dental services in our veterinary office. It is estimated that 80% of pets exhibit the beginning stages of periodontal disease by age 3, which is why regular dental exams and teeth cleanings are essential. Also, studies indicate that pets with good oral hygiene tend to live 2 to 4 years longer than pets who neglect dental care. Dental disease can cause severe pain in your pet, and in some cases can even lead to cardiac or kidney disease.
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.
· Treat fractured or nonvital teeth
· Improve foul breath.
· Prevent potential damage to other body systems.
What does a pet dental exam involve?
Pets can experience many of the same dental issues that humans do, including gingivitis, periodontal disease, cavities, and fractured teeth. Regular dental exams and cleanings can help prevent your pet from unnecessary suffering.
Pet dental exams are similar to human dental exams and involve teeth cleaning and buffing. A full dental examination, including scaling & polishing is completed under full general anesthesia. We utilize up-to-date and effective anesthetic techniques to ensure that your beloved pet is comfortable and safe during their dental procedure. Your pet is monitored continuously by monitoring equipment and a highly trained technician throughout anesthesia and through recovery.
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. The waves push the water creating tiny scrubbing bubbles that implode on tooth surfaces and kill microbes as they separate plaque from the tooth structure. After scaling the teeth, the technician lightly buffs and polishes your pet’s teeth to complete their dental cleaning and finishes off with a fluoride treatment. We also have digital dental x-rays available to identify problems beneath the gum line. If more serious conditions are discovered, root canals, tooth extraction, etc. might be required.
After the cleaning, we will provide you with a comprehensive analysis of your pet’s oral health. You will receive at-home oral hygiene tips specific to your pet, and if any serious dental conditions exist, you will be notified prior to any treatment planning.
Some simple home hygiene tips are:
· Brushing your pet’s teeth daily with a veterinary toothpaste (DO NOT use human toothpaste) is the most effective way to remove and prevent plaque and tartar buildup.
· Our veterinarians and staff can recommend other dental products specifically designed for pets, including chews, rinses, and special diets that can help protect gums and lessen tartar.
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 professional dental cleaning for your pet, call our office to schedule an appointment, and allow your pet to experience a healthy smile!