DENTAL AND ORAL CARE
All of us know about the benefits of routine dental care for ourselves. Daily brushing, flossing, and regular visits to the dentist keep our teeth and gums healthy and comfortable. Unfortunately, routine dental care is still an often neglected item of dog and cat general health care.
Pets need regular dental care too. After your pet reaches a few years of age, plaque (bacteria) and tartar (hard deposits) begins to build up at the junction of their gums and teeth. If this plaque and tartar are not removed, it increases until it undermines the tissue and causes receding gums. The area then becomes infected. Infection leads to foul breath, as well as pain and a constant unsavory taste for the pet. If the situation is not soon remedied; severe gum infections, abscessed teeth and cheek ulcers will develop. Chronic infections of the teeth and gums result in problems elsewhere in the body as well. Bacteria enter the bloodstream from infected teeth and cause infection in organs such as the liver, kidneys, heart, and joints. Good dental care lengthens pets' lives an average of 1-2 years through the prevention of these secondary problems. Just as with people, your pets will still require regular dental exams and occasional dental scaling or cleaning (hopefully no extractions will be necessary).
The teeth are cleaned when the patient is under general anesthesia. We use an ultrasonic dental scaler, much like the one your own dentist may use. The teeth are then polished. Polishing smooths the surface of the teeth to help discourage future tartar accumulation. The benefits of anesthesia far out weighs the small risk of anesthesia required for a professional dental scale and polish.
We strive to find and treat dental disease early to minimize health care problems and associated pain for your pet, which is an added cost to you. Your pet's regular wellness exams include a complete dental exam. Should you notice a concern in the interim, we encourage you to bring your pet in to see us and we will take care of the problem. Home dental care is a significant part of wellness care for your pet. We are happy to demonstrate the correct technique for brushing. The clinic stocks a supply of dental care products for home use.
Our services include:
• Routine Prophylaxis (Scale, Polish, and Tissue Assessment)
• Oral Surgery
• Consulting on Preventative Care
Like all of our services, dental and oral checkups as well as treatment are tailored exclusively to the needs of your pet. These exams and recommendations for treatment are based on the size, age, breed, and health of your pet.