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Clean teeth and healthy gums are essential to your pet’s overall well-being.
Pets often have dental problems, and infections in the mouth can go undetected for long periods of time. Left untreated, they can lead to bigger health problems. Bacteria from an oral infection can enter the bloodstream and damage the kidneys, heart and liver. Pet owners may miss the subtle signs of dental disease. That’s why regular oral exams and ultrasonic tooth scaling when necessary are part of our comprehensive health care goals.
Dental disease in pets
Plaque and tartar build up on the teeth, causing decay and irritating gums. This can happen regardless of your pet’s diet. It is a myth that dry food will prevent tartar accumulation and tooth decay. Also, most tartar control treats do just the opposite, as they are full of sugars that can cause decay and have no nutritional value.
Signs of dental disease
Your pet can’t tell you if he or she has a toothache, but call us if you notice any of these signs of dental problems:
- Bad breath, which is one of the first signs of dental disease
- Yellowish-brown crust of plaque on the teeth near the gum line
- Red and swollen gums
- Pain or bleeding when your pet eats or when you touch your pet’s mouth or gums
- Decreased appetite or difficulty eating, such as dropping food
- Loose or missing teeth
- Unusual drooling
Preventing dental problems in your pet
Preventive dental care includes brushing your pet’s teeth at least three times a week with tools designed specifically for use with pets, as well as a thorough oral exam once or twice a year. During your pet’s regular wellness check, we examine your pet’s teeth, gums and oral cavity, and we will grade your pet’s level of dental disease. We can often identify diseased or infected teeth on a routine exam. We can also teach you how to brush your pet’s teeth and inspect your pet’s teeth and gums regularly for signs of dental or oral disease.
What to expect
A routine teeth cleaning is necessary when your pet has large deposits of tarter or buildup on the teeth or infected gums. Dental work may also be necessary if your pet has loose or broken teeth.
To do a thorough tooth scaling, we must anesthetize your pet. We take all of the same safety precautions as we do for any other surgery. When we schedule your pet’s dental cleaning, we will provide you with special instructions to prepare your pet for the procedure.
We use a state-of-the-art ultrasonic scaler, which uses high-frequency sound to clean your pet’s teeth above and below the gum line. We also polish your pet’s teeth. If necessary, we can extract any loose or broken teeth.
After the procedure, your pet will remain with us for several hours for monitoring. When your pet is able to walk and we have determined that he or she is stable, your pet will be discharged to your care.
We can recommend products that you can use at home to maintain your pet’s dental health.
Veterinary Oral Health Council