Why is dental care so important for my pet?
Recent studies have shown that 70% of adult cats and 80% of adult dogs show symptoms of oral disease.Safety is a top priority when your pet is coming in for a cleaning. Therefore, we conduct pre-anesthetic blood work for all of our patients before any dental procedure. This ensures that they are healthy and not harboring any underlying problems. Once the anesthesia has been administered, we can move forward with the cleaning.
Our Pet Dental Services Include:
- Thorough cleanings and examinations: While your pet is under anesthesia, we will conduct a more thorough exam of their teeth and gums. Next, a technician will remove plaque and tartar from the teeth, and check for signs of infection and gum disease. Basic cleanings also include teeth polishing to prevent plaque buildup, fluoride treatment, and an application of OraVet Plaque Prevention gel.
- Mouth x-rays: X-rays of the teeth are performed if recommended. For your convenience, we do not require them with all cleanings.
- Bonded sealants: Sealants provide additional protection to prevent bacteria buildup and tooth decay.
Extractions: Involves the removal of decayed, loose, or broken teeth.
You can do your part at home, too!
Since good dental hygiene is an ongoing process, we are dedicated to spreading dental health awareness. We think of our clients like family, so we do everything possible to make caring for your pet’s teeth at home easier for you. Therefore, we have doctor-recommended toothbrushes and toothpaste for home brushings available for purchase in our office after your pets’ appointment.
While daily tooth brushing is ideal, several brushings per week effectively combat the plaque and bacteria which cause bad breath, tooth decay, and gum disease. Ask us about water additives and OraVet chews if your pet is uncooperative with regular brushing. Your veterinarian will gladly recommend products to keep your pet happy and their teeth healthy.
Signs Your Pet Needs Dental Care
While periodic dental checkups and cleanings are recommended for all pets, there are warnings signs that your cat or dog could be in urgent need of a dental appointment. We recommended that in addition to brushing, pet owners should check their pet’s teeth at least once a week. Call to set up an appointment if you notice any of these symptoms:
- Red or inflamed gums
- Brown or yellow buildup or discoloration of the teeth
- Bleeding gums
- Excessive drooling
- Loose or broken teeth
- Bad breath
- Swelling of the face
- Difficulty eating
- Pawing at the face or mouth