Annual dental exams and cleanings are recommended to protect your pet from many health problems and help them maintain a healthy and clean mouth. Just like humans, pets need dental care to ensure their overall health and well-being. We provide comprehensive Dental Care Services for Pets, where healthy smiles lead to happier lives.
Studies show that 50% of all dogs and cats have some form of periodontal disease. That number increases to 80% in pets that are 3 years of age or older. If left untreated, periodontal disease can cause infection, pain, and tooth loss over time. It can also lead to serious health problems like changes in the heart, liver, and kidneys. Because of this, we recommend an annual veterinary dental healthcare examination for all pets.
Dog and cat dental cleanings are very similar to human dental cleanings, except that we are required to use anesthesia to properly and safely examine and clean the teeth. We do physical exam to access general health, brief oral exam and perform appropriate lab work prior to schedule the dental cleaning. On the day dental cleaning, dental scaling and polishing is performed under general anesthesia during which the pet is constantly being monitored both manually and with state-of-the-art electronic monitors. After the cleaning, our veterinarian performs a thorough oral exam and check for signs of disease like gum loss, root exposure, or pockets around the root.
Very similar to human dentistry, we do full mouth X-ray as 60 % of the tooth disease lies underneath the gums. Dental X-rays enable our veterinarian to identify potential issues such as tooth root infections, abscesses, or hidden dental fractures which are not visible on oral examination alone. With this advanced imaging technology, we can accurately diagnose dental problems and provide targeted treatment plans for your pet.
We make every effort to save teeth that we feel have a chance to be successfully treated but, in many circumstances, periodontal disease is so advanced that treatment without extraction is unsuccessful. We only extract teeth that in our doctor’s opinion are beyond saving or has a serious pathology which can cause pain, infection or other complication in the future. Some teeth in the oral cavity requires oral surgery so that can be safely removed from the oral cavity. Our veterinarian has extensive experience and training to these oral surgeries. Pain management is very important aspect after oral procedure. We administer pain medication in the hospital and provide medications for at home care too.
We believe that proactive home dental care is essential for maintaining your pet’s oral health. Our Dental Care Services include education on proper home dental care techniques, such as toothbrushing and oral rinses. We will guide you on selecting the right dental products for your pet and provide tips on maintaining good oral hygiene between professional cleanings.
Investing in your pet’s dental health offers numerous long-term benefits. Maintaining good oral hygiene reduces the risk of dental diseases, which can lead to serious health issues such as heart disease, kidney problems, and infections. By prioritizing dental care, you are extending your pet’s lifespan, improving their overall quality of life, and ensuring their long-term health and happiness.
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