Pets Need Dental Care, Too
Periodontal disease is the most common health problem among dogs and cats! Does your pet have bad breath? Unfortunately most pets do and this is not normal. The foul odor you smell is caused by an infection in their mouth. About 75 percent of dogs and cats have some form of periodontal disease and are vulnerable to the pain, bad breath and tooth loss that could follow. Chronic infections can spread to the heart, liver, lungs, and kidneys, where they can do even more damage. Untreated tooth and gum disease may allow bacteria to enter the bloodstream and cause damage to the valves of the heart.
Professional Cleaning is Important
Regular professional cleaning under general anesthesia by your veterinarian is the most effective way to ensure good dental health for your pet. After review of your pet’s general health and dental history, a full physical examination and blood work will be performed to make sure that the procedure is as safe as possible. Complete, professional cleaning includes a thorough oral examination under anesthesia, charting of any abnormalities, dental x-rays, ultrasonic and hand scaling, and polishing of your pet’s teeth. Fluoride and a plaque-preventative sealant may be applied.
Call us to schedule a FREE dental exam to assess whether your pet could benefit from dentistry!
Why Dental Radiography is Recommended
In a recent study, up to 40% of patients with teeth that appeared healthy after a dental cleaning and oral exam under anesthesia revealed abnormal pathology when dental x-rays were performed! Using dental x-rays allows us to find problems that can be missed by the naked eye. These images provide an invaluable basis of comparison as your pet ages.
Digital x-rays are safer for your animals, with 75 to 90 percent less radiation than traditional x-rays. Also, digital x-rays require no processing chemicals that pollute the environment... more
Home Dental Care
Once teeth are cleaned, we recommend daily at-home dental care to maintain your pet's dental health by inhibiting plaque growth.
There are a variety of at-home dental preventative options that can tailored to each pet since we know one type may not fit all! Please stop BAH and ask for samples of our dental care products, which include enzymatic toothpastes, chews, water additives, and mouth rinses! By implementing an appropriate at-home dental care routine, you can greatly reduce the risk of periodontal disease and possible tooth extractions.
Our thoughts on Anesthesia-Free Dental Cleanings
Our hospital is accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA), which sets the standards of care we must provide our patients. AAHA's Guidelines state that cleaning a companion animal's teeth without general anesthesia is considered unacceptable and below the standard of care. General anesthesia with intubation is necessary to properly assess and treat the companion animal dental patient. The use of general anesthesia allows for the necessary immobilization without discomfort, periodontal probing, intraoral radiology, and the removal of plaque and tartar above and below the gum line including polishing to ensure patient health and safety. Because AAHA-accredited hospitals are expected to practice the highest level of veterinary medicine and we strive to exceed those expectations, you can rest assured that your pet is receiving the highest standard of care possible when we clean their teeth.
We will always provide individualized care for your pet, whether or not they have special needs, are geriatric, or are at high risk for anesthetic complications. If it is not safe for your pet to have general anesthesia, we will be the first to tell you, and we will work with you and your pet to develop a safer alternative.