In an added effort to provide your pet with quality care, we offer pet dental services in our veterinary office. It is estimated that 80% of pets exhibit the beginning stages of periodontal disease by age 3, which is why dental exams and teeth cleanings are essential. Also, studies indicate that pets with good oral hygiene tend to live 2 to 4 years longer than pets who neglect dental care. While periodontal disease is entirely preventable, when left untreated it can lead to tooth root abscess, gingivitis, stomatitis, severe pain, difficulty eating.
Reasons for regular dental check-ups:
Avoid tooth loss due to periodontal disease.
Help your pet avert unnecessary pain.
Help your pet maintain healthy and functional teeth.
Improve foul breath.
Prevent potential damage to the brain, heart, liver, lungs, and kidneys.
What does a pet dental exam involve?
Pets can experience many of the same dental issues that humans do, including gingivitis, periodontal disease, necessary tooth extraction, and deep scaling. Regular dental exams and cleanings can help you avoid your pet from potential unnecessary suffering.
Pet dental exams are similar to human dental exams and involve teeth cleaning and buffing. Additional services offered include dental X-rays. If more serious conditions are discovered, extraction of the tooth or further treatment might be required.
During your pet’s teeth cleaning, a dental technician will gently clean the surface of the teeth with an ultrasonic scaler that cleans using the vibration of sound waves and water. The waves push the water creating tiny scrubbing bubbles that implode on tooth surfaces and kill microbes as they separate plaque from the tooth structure. After scaling the teeth, the technician lightly buffs and polishes your pet’s teeth to complete their dental cleaning.
After the cleaning, we will provide you with a comprehensive analysis of your pet’s oral health. You will receive at-home oral hygiene tips specific to your pet, and if any serious dental conditions exist, you will be notified prior to any treatment planning.
Some simple home hygiene tips are:
Brushing your pet’s teeth as little as every third day can cut down on 50-60% of tartar build-up. It is never too late to start brushing at home!
Dental products specifically designed for pets, including CET veggiedent chews can help prevent gum disease and lessen tartar build up.
Dry pet food such as our specially designed dental dry food formulas have scientifically proven ingredients which are better for teeth than canned food. Our collection of dental diets have proven to prevent the build up of dental tartar, and encourage healthy, strong gums.
Remember, creating a smooth clean tooth surface makes it more difficult for tartar and plaque to build up!
If you would like to schedule a professional dental cleaning for your pet, call our office to schedule an appointment, and allow your pet to experience a healthy smile!