During your pets yearly exam, the veterinarian will examine their teeth. Dental health can greatly affect your pets overall health, so it is important to be aware of any potential problems. If there is any plaque or tarter build up, or if your pet has any loose or broken teeth, your veterinarian will recommend a dental cleaning. This is similar to what people experience during a dental cleaning, including scaling (to remove plaque and tartar) and polishing the teeth. However, unlike people, your pet will need to be placed under sedation. This ensures that the veterinarian or assistant performing the procedure can do a thorough job. Some problems may not become evident until the patient is sedated and the cleaning has started; for example, a large build up of tartar may hide the fact that there are loose teeth. It is also not possible to inspect below the gumline while the patient is awake; this is where the majority of dental disease occurs. When our experienced staff performs a dental cleaning, they will take note of any concerns, such as periodontal disease and cysts or tumors in the mouth. If there are any loose or abscessed teeth, those are extracted during the procedure, in order to prevent any further problems.
After a dental cleaning is completed, there are things you can do to help minimize future issues. Daily brushing of your dog or cats teeth can make a big difference, but isn't always possible. Daily dental treats, like Oravet chews for your dog, have ingredients that can help minimize tartar build up. There are even prescription diets that are formulated for your pets dental health. Discuss with your veterinarian which option is best for your companion.
If you are unsure whether your pet needs a dental cleaning, our staff would be happy to schedule a time for you to come in for a free dental exam.
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