Dental Care

Animal Dental CareFor most of us, caring for our teeth and gums has been part of our daily routine for as long as we can remember. Just as it is for you, oral health care is important for pets. They need regular, professional care from your veterinarian and home care from pet owners to keep plaque removed. According to the American Veterinary Dental Society, an astounding 80% of dogs and cats show signs of oral disease by the age of three.Periodontal disease is the primary concern with pet’s oral health. Plaque and tartar continuously build on your pet’s teeth. Bacteria lives and multiplies in the plaque layer and will invade the gums. When this happens, the bacteria can spread to the bloodstream and infect other organs, principally the heart, kidneys and liver. Consistent dental care such as scaling and polishing teeth improves your pet’s quality of life by preventing systemic disease, oral pain, tooth loss, and bad breath.

Dog, cat or horse teeth cleaningWhen your pet is examined at our clinic, you will notice that the veterinarian checks the teeth and gums and offers recommendations for dental care. The veterinarian may suggest a full oral exam, scaling, polish, as well as dental radiographs under anesthesia. Dental radiographs allow the veterinarian to visualize the portion of the tooth that is below the gum line. X-rays can reveal problems due to bone loss, enamel defects, fractures beneath the gum line, and periodontal disease. Our clinic uses digital dental radiography which allows images to be enhanced or enlarged for better viewing. Additionally, digital x-rays take much less time to acquire, so the pet spends less time under anesthesia.