Dentistry

Dental care is an important component of overall pet health. Health problems that originate in the mouth can cause significant pain, as well as other health problems throughout the body.

It is estimated that as many as 80% of pets three years of age and older have some sort of dental disease. Considering that pets cannot brush their teeth and floss everyday, this is perhaps not so surprising. In order to help your pet’s teeth and gums to stay healthy, we have formulated a proven dental protocol.

Annual Dental Examinations can be done during a routine wellness exam. The veterinarian will visually inspect the teeth and gums, and look for early signs of dental disease. If the veterinarian sees signs of dental disease, they may request a digital dental x-ray be performed to understand the scope and severity of the dental disease.

Dental Cleanings are similar to human dental cleanings. We perform the cleaning with the help of an ultrasonic scaler and polisher to remove plaque and tartar. For the procedure, the pet must be anesthetized for their safety and comfort, and so the veterinarian can perform a comprehensive teeth 
cleaning underneath the gum line, as recommended by the American Animal Hospital Association.

Regular At-home Care can be performed with tooth brushing or dental chews or toys. Tooth brushing is the most effective method, but many dogs, and most cats, are often not cooperative. Many dental alternatives are available to help with regular pet dental health if brushing is not an option.

If you are worried your pet is suffering from dental disease, or is in pain because of a dental issue, please let us know and we can schedule an appointment.

The following signs may be indicative that your pet has dental disease:

  • Bad breath
  • Teeth that are chipped, broken or loose
  • What appears to be “extra teeth” perhaps baby teeth that did not fall out
  • Dropping food from the mouth when eating
  • Drooling
  • Difficulty eating
  • Bleeding from the mouth
  • Pulling away or growling when a person attempts to touch the mouth
  • Swollen gums

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