We recommend pet dental cleaning routinely to maintain the oral and general health of our patients. We recommend that your pet be evaluated yearly for oral health issue. The frequency of pets needing routine animal dental care averages between 6 months and 2 years.
Routine Pet Dental Cleaning
A dental prophylaxis involves scaling and polishing. The doctor will examine and probe the mouth looking for any loose teeth, pockets, cavities, and gingival recession. Oral health plays a significant role in the general health of your pet. Infections in the mouth can lead to infections on other parts of the body.
Pet dental services are performed usually in the mornings with discharges usually in the afternoon, and are performed under general anesthesia. As with any general surgery, all the same precautions are undertaken (IV catheter, and anesthetic monitoring).
Additionally, dental x-rays are also being performed with all of our pet dental cleaning procedures. Most problems occur below the gum-line, where you can’t see them, and dental x-rays help us to look for some of these problems.
Periodontal Disease in Pets
Pets suffer similar problems that people do. Periodontal disease is the most common problem in dogs and cats. Periodontal disease starts with plaque that hardens above the gum-line into tarter. Below the gum-line it can cause damage to the jaw bone and to tissues that connect the teeth to the bone. Halitosis or bad breath is one of the first signs of periodontal disease. The treatment is deep scaling and antibiotics to treat the infection. Routine brushing is recommended to maintain oral hygiene.
We look forward to helping our patients maintain good oral hygiene in our animal dental clinic!Call Us for an Appointment