The Importance of Dentistry
Did you know that the majority—up to 80%—of pets have some form of dental disease by 2 years of age? Some pets, particularly toy and small breeds, may have dental problems at an even younger age. Without regular dental cleanings and at-home care, your pet can suffer from painful periodontal problems and may struggle to eat. Additionally, oral bacteria can travel through your pet’s bloodstream, attacking their heart, kidneys, and other organs. Since dental disease has such a huge impact on your furry friend’s overall health, comprehensive dental care is an essential part of your pet’s preventive care program.
Regular Dental Cleanings
Professional veterinary dental cleanings provide more than a deep cleaning of your pet’s teeth. By using general anesthesia, we can eliminate your pet’s anxiety and discomfort, allowing us to thoroughly examine their mouth, and take dental X-rays to detect any problems hidden below the gumline.
Once we have assessed your pet’s oral health, we remove sticky plaque and cement-like tartar, the sources of oral bacteria and dental disease. Special dental instruments help us to reach below the gumline to eliminate every last trace of plaque. Next, we polish smooth the tooth enamel, removing microabrasions that trap oral bacteria. Lastly, we apply a fluoride treatment to help strengthen the enamel and slow the rate of plaque and tartar buildup.
Regular dental cleanings are necessary to ward off serious, painful periodontal problems, and most pets require annual cleanings. Pets with flat faces, like Persians and bulldogs, and those with small mouths or a predisposition to dental disease (e.g., Yorkies, Chihuahuas, dachshunds), typically require more frequent dental cleanings than larger breeds to maintain good oral health.
During your pet’s anesthetized oral assessment, we may discover an issue that requires dental surgery. Fractured teeth, abscessed tooth roots, retained teeth, or teeth with resorptive lesions may require extraction to prevent or alleviate chronic pain. We will use effective pain medications and local anesthetic agents to ensure your pet remains comfortable during their procedure. Once they recover, you may notice that your furry friend acts years younger, since they are no longer painful.
Has it been a while since your pet has had a dental evaluation or professional veterinary dental cleaning? Contact us to schedule this important appointment.