Dental health is a large part of your pet’s overall health and will be evaluated as part of your pet’s physical exam. Just as people accumulate plaque, our pets accumulate plaque and tartar. Over time, this will lead to dental disease.
Signs of dental disease in pets include:
- Bad breath
- Dropping food
- Weight loss
- Red Gums
- Discolored/broken teeth
Once dental disease has developed, a full dental cleaning and oral exam is needed. All of our dentals are performed under general anesthesia. Because 40% of dental disease is present under the gumline, patients first receive full mouth dental x-rays.
The x-rays are evaluated for issues such as fractures, tooth resorption, abscesses and other painful issues.
Our patients then receive a thorough dental cleaning where all surfaces of the teeth are scaled, both above and below the gum line, and then polished. We polish the teeth after scaling them, eliminating microscopic grooves that can lead to rapid plaque accumulation, frequent dental cleanings, and further dental disease.
Many dental products can help prevent dental disease before it starts. Daily use of dental products can significantly decrease dental tartar.
Dental treats, daily brushing, water additives, and dental diets can all be helpful to prevent disease. The Veterinary Oral Health Council provides a list of approved dental products.
Sealant and Bonding:
We now offer dental sealant and bonding as an alternative to extractions. Broken teeth in animals can lead to many health issues such as pain, infections, and advanced periodontal diseases if not treated appropriately. Our dental sealant and bonding can help maintain your pet's oral health so he can live a long, healthy life. Contact us to learn more about this breakthrough in veterinary dentistry. To learn if sealing and bonding could benefit your pet, schedule an appointment today.