Just like their human companions, pets need routine dental care. Oral health is not only important for the sake of fresh breath, but it is also important to the overall health of the body. Dental disease can lead to gum infections which can release bacteria into the blood stream and cause damage to major organs. It can also cause tooth loss and weakening of the jaw bones.
All pets should have routine check ups to ensure a healthy mouth. During an exam a doctor or technician will asses the tarter build up on the teeth and the appearance of the gums. If tarter build up or gum disease is noticed a teeth cleaning will be recommended.
During a teeth cleaning pets are anesthetized with general anesthesia while being monitored by trained technicians. All teeth and gums are thoroughly examined, and the teeth are cleaned and polished to ensure smoothness and help delay future tarter build up. Any problems within the mouth will be noted and treated. Some tooth problems may require x-rays to determine the stability and health of the tooth. If teeth are unhealthy and unable to be repaired or treated, extractions may be required. If extractions are needed, pain medication will be given to prevent any discomfort.
After all the teeth have been examined and cleaned and any problems have been treated, your pet will be woken up and monitored for several hours. Once fully awake your pet can return home with clean, fresh breath and a healthy mouth.
For the entire month of February we are offering FREE dental exams with one of our certified veterinary technicians. A technician will do a complete examination of your pet’s mouth and overall health. They will tell you if your pet is in need of any dental care. Call today to schedule! 724-656-0980