-Daily Teeth Brushing is the gold standard for preventing dental disease. Pet toothpastes come in pet friendly flavors and contain an enzyme that helps to kill the bacteria that causes plaque. Ask us for a sample to try for your pet!
–Oravet Chews not only freshen the breath but they actively remove plaque and tartar as the pet chews it. They see it as a delicious treat and will beg for more! How much easier could dental care be!?
-Vetradent is a tasteless and odorless water additive that kills bacteria and prevents plaque build-up. It works similarly to how mouthwash works for people. Just mix up a batch and store in the refrigerator to fill your pet’s bowl as needed.
Using appropriate chew toys:
-Chew toys should be flexible and able to be bent with your hand.
Soft Nylabones or Kong toys are appropriate selections.
-Bones and harder materials can chip the enamel and even break teeth. We never recommend rawhides as they may cause obstructions if swallowed, may contain harmful bacteria and go through extensive chemical processing.
Dental Prophylaxis Procedure
Do not confuse the cosmetic procedure of anesthesia free teeth cleaning with a medical dental prophylaxis. Patients need to be maintained under general anesthesia to safely remove tartar from their teeth and beneath the gum-line. The instruments used to do this are sharp and can pose a danger if used on an unanesthetized patient. The tartar is scaled off of the teeth using an ultrasonic scaler, then polished afterward to smooth out any scratches in the enamel that can trap and harbor bacteria.
Dental Radiographs are taken to evaluate the roots of the teeth and rule out any periodontal diseases like abscesses and bone loss. If any of these issues are present, extraction of the tooth or teeth may be needed. If extractions are required, radiographs are taken after to ensure the entire root was removed.
Our patients that undergo dental procedures are maintained on IV fluids to maintain hydration and support the major organs.
Signs of Dental Disease
Poor grooming (with feline patients specifically)
Decreased appetite (especially with crunchy foods)
Red gums (also known as gingivitis)
Dental disease may increase the risk of many illnesses including:
Septicemia (blood infection)
**Maintaining a healthy mouth is not only better for your pet’s well being, but also better from a financial stand point. Don’t wait until the above symptoms are noticed, but take your veterinarian’s advice when they say a routine dental cleaning is recommended. Call us today to have your pet’s dental health evaluated!