Dental Hygiene and Oral Care

Dental Hygiene and Oral Care

Dental Hygiene and Oral Care

Dental health is an important part of every pet’s well-being. Ideally, dental care starts at home with daily brushing, oral rinses, water additives or other daily prophylaxis. However, we understand that this is not practical for every owner, nor does it prevent all forms of dental disease. Bacteria present in the mouth forms a sticky yellow film called plaque. When plaque begins to accumulate and harden, it forms tartar. This tartar then calcifies and becomes calculus. Most forms of dental disease involve large amounts of bacteria in the mouth which can lead to significant halitosis (bad breath). If left untreated, dental disease can lead to systemic infections or more serious illnesses including heart, kidney and liver disease. We recommend dental cleanings earlier in the disease process to try to lessen the chance that it will cause systemic disease or discomfort.

During the dental procedure we clean and polish above and below the gum line to remove any accumulation of plaque, tartar and calculus. This helps to treat and prevent gum inflammation that is caused by the accumulated material. We also assess for any pockets or decay that may be present below the gum line. Digital dental radiographs help us evaluate the roots of the teeth as well as the bone of the jaw. If diseased teeth are identified, we use state-of-the-art high powered drills and other dental tools to extract the affected teeth. The removal of diseased teeth not only improves your pet’s overall health, but it often removes a significant source of pain and discomfort which can be difficult to notice due to the gradual onset of dental disease.

All of our dental procedures are performed under general anesthesia as is recommended by the American Association of Veterinary Medicine. General anesthesia is needed to protect your pet’s airway from water, perform subgingival scaling, perform dental x-rays and to get a complete and thorough examination of your pet’s mouth. For any nervous pet parents, we are happy to discuss the risks of anesthesia versus the benefits of dental care and help you decide what will be best for your pet.

For more information about the dental care, please see the links below:

Pet Periodontal Disease

Reasons Not to Choose Anesthesia Free Dentals For Your Pet

We strongly encourage owners looking for pet dental products to purchase ones with the Veterinary Oral Health Council (VOHC) seal of approval. The VOHC backs products that have been proven to help.

VOHC Accepted Products