When was the last time you brushed your pet’s teeth? If you answered never, you aren’t alone. Most pets develop the early stages of periodontal disease by three years of age, and keeping their pearly whites healthy is often an uphill battle for pet owners.
Why your pet needs regular dental cleanings
Poor oral hygiene can lead to gingivitis, periodontal disease, tooth loss, bone loss, oral pain, abscesses and infections, excessive drooling, and difficulty eating. Additionally, because bacteria in the mouth can be absorbed into the bloodstream, other organs, like the heart, kidneys, and liver, can suffer as a result of poor oral hygiene.
Periodontal disease progresses quickly and begins when bacteria combines with food particles to form plaque on the teeth. Soon, minerals in the saliva bond with the plaque to form tartar, a substance that strongly adheres to the teeth. When bacteria get under the gum line, inflammation occurs and leads to gingivitis, which destroys the tissues surrounding the teeth and causes eventual tooth loss.
Since many pet owners struggle to brush their pet’s teeth regularly and bacteria accumulates under the gum line, regular dental cleanings conducted by the veterinary health care team are important.
Anesthesia and your pet’s dental cleaning
Most pets do not tolerate anyone poking around in their mouth. Because of this, a dental cleaning can only be performed while a pet is under general anesthesia. This enables us to conduct a thorough oral examination; perform dental X-rays; remove the tartar, plaque, and bacteria from under the gum line; and extract diseased or broken teeth while taking measures to control pain.
When was the last time your pet had a dental cleaning? Give your furry companion the gift of clean teeth, fresh breath, and improved overall health this holiday season. Call our office to schedule your pet’s dental 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.
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