Your pet's dental health is important in his/her overall well being. We offer routine dental cleaning, dental radiographs along with simple and complex tooth extractions. In pets, most dental disease happens under the gum line, therefore we take full intraoral digital dental X-rays with every teeth cleaning. There is minimal radiation exposure, and full intraoral digital X-rays are now considered "standard of care" for all pets having their teeth cleaned.
How will I know if my pet has dental disease? The first sign is often bad breath, you may also notice redness along the gum line, tartar, calculus, or they may be eating slower or more carefully than they used to. Periodontal disease is the most common ailment of small animals. This begin when bacteria accumulates at the gum line around the tooth. Unless brushed away daily, these bacteria can cause inflammation, bleeding, and if untreated, can cause tooth and/or bone loss.
As part of our Wellness care, we will evaluate your pet's teeth and will recommend an oral healthcare plan. If you notice any signs of tooth pain, tooth loss or disease in your pet, please call us immediately. If a dental cleaning and oral examination is necessary, general anesthesia is required.
Ultrasonic scaling is used to clean each tooth thoroughly above and below the gum line. The teeth are polished to create a smooth surface that is more resistant to plaque buildup. A temporary sealant is applied to the teeth to prevent bacteria and plaque formation.
For more information, please visit the American Animal Hospital Association's page on dental guidelines.
Please call us today to schedule your pet's dental exam or cleaning.
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