Dental Care

Animal 030Digital Dental X-Ray Performed On All Dentals.

Clean teeth and healthy gums are essential to your pet’s health. Infections are more common in the mouth because they can go undetected for long periods of time. We regularly perform oral exams, cleanings, and periodontal care as part of our comprehensive health care goals. Oral disease is one of the most common, yet serious health problems in veterinary medicine — affecting approximately 80% of dogs and 70% of cats by age three.

Animal 027Assessment:

The oral assessment begins in the exam room and continues with a systematic tooth-by-tooth examination of your pet’s mouth under anesthesia. Since we can’t rely on our pets to hold perfectly still, anesthesia is a critical step to ensure no oral problems go untreated.

While under anesthesia, we will take full mouth radiographs (x-rays) to evaluate any disease that may be occurring under the gum line. Did you know that approximately 80% of dental disease occurs under the gums, causing tooth decay, pain, and bad breath?

Treatment:

This step includes:
– Cleaning, polishing and probing all teeth one by one, both above and below the gum line as necessary. If severe dental disease is present then tooth extractions may be warranted.

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Prevention:

Prevention includes both at home daily preventive care, as well as oral assessment and physical exams with your veterinarian.
Plaque prevention is paramount to protecting your pet’s teeth between regular visits. We will discuss a preventive plan using:
– Daily tooth brushing
– Daily dental treats
– Dental-friendly diets such as DH by Purina Veterinary Diets

Follow-up dental visits are critical for the long-term overall health of your pets. These visits can be incorporated into your twice-yearly wellness visits, or they maybe scheduled separately.