Our dental suite consists of a dedicated room for dental procedures. We have a digital dental radiograph machine, high speed ultrasonic cleaner and polisher, and anesthesia monitoring equipment (pulse oximeter, blood pressure monitor, ECG).
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN MY PET HAS A DENTAL CLEANING?
Dental disease is one of the most common problems that we see in our pets. Studies have shown that 85% of all dogs and cats over one year old have some degree of periodontal disease. Imagine what our mouths would look like if we didn't brush our teeth for several years! Some common signs that your pet may be having dental disease is a smelly breath, visible tartar and plaque buildup, sensitivity when eating, excessive drooling, swollen face or gums. But worse, dental disease is often very PAINFUL for your pet.
If you suspect that your pet may be suffering from dental disease, please make an appointment for an examination. If we recommend a dental cleaning for your pet, we will take a pre-surgical blood test, which will check your pet's kidney, liver, thyroid levels, blood count, and other biochemical indicators of general health. We require these tests for all pets prior to sedation.
Dental cleanings in pets need to be performed under sedation. Your pet is anesthetized to a light level of sedation, and a technician monitors the patient at all times, in addition to an EKG, blood pressure and pulse oximeter monitor. We scale the tartar and plaque from the teeth with hand instruments and ultrasonic cleaners, both above and below the gumline. We then examine each tooth for periodontal disease by probing for periodontal pockets, and polish each individual tooth to smooth the surface and prevent plaque from attaching again. Then flouride is applied to the teeth, and a protective dental sealant is applied to the teeth. Dental radiographs may be taken to determine the health of the teeth and the surrounding gum tissues, and further treatments, such as extractions or periodontal antibiotic treatments, are performed.
Veterinary dentists recommend daily teeth brushing to decrease the tartar and plaque from forming on the teeth after the dental cleaning. We also recommend Hill's T/D diet to prevent tartar formation. Home care is best started at a young age before the adult teeth erupt. Most pets will readily accept tooth brushing if a daily routine is established at home. We also are pleased to recommend ORAVET, a new dental sealant which is applied during the dental cleaning to prevent plaque from forming on the teeth. We can show you how to apply the home care product, which greatly reduces tartar, and only takes 30-60 seconds a week to apply! For more information about this product, please go to the ORAVET website.
For more information about dental disease and prevention, please contact our office.
Pet Dental and AVCD are other good websites for more pet dental health information.