Approximately 80% of dogs and 70% of
cats over the age of 3 have some form of dental disease.
Soft plaque forms on the teeth
which hardens and creates hard tartar. As tartar continues to
build on the teeth, the gums become irritated and inflamed. The
gum inflammation is called gingivitis which, in turn, can lead to
periodontal disease. This can cause bleeding gums, tooth loss, and
even impair heart and kidney function.
Some signs there might be a dental problem are:
Sometimes there are no obvious signs of a problem
so it is important to have your petís teeth checked regularly by your
Even with regular brushing it is recommended you
have your petís teeth professionally cleaned and polished periodically.
What can you expect at a dental appointment?
Pawing at the face
Bleeding from the mouth
- Appetite loss
Dropping food while eating
Sneezing or nasal discharge
After you take your pet home it is important to
continue dental care to ensure a happy and healthy mouth. There are
several products on the market to help you manage your petís dental
care. Talk to your veterinarian or technician to find out which ones
are right for you.
Pre-operative blood work to check organ function
An IV catheter is placed and IV fluids are started
to support pet during sedation.
Teeth are thoroughly cleaned with an ultrasonic scaler to remove any tartar and plaque.
Teeth are polished to remove any microscopic
A periodontal probe is used to check for any
pockets around teeth where further treatment is necessary.
Digital dental x-rays are taken as needed to check
for infection around roots of teeth.
Teeth are charted to note any missing teeth or
where any problems might be.
Teeth that are loose, infected or broken may
require surgical extraction.
Fluoride may be applied to strengthen teeth to
help minimize future problems.
Your petís blood pressure, pulse, temperature and
oxygen level is monitored throughout the entire procedure.
Pain management is used as needed.
Remember, itís good to chew, better to rinse and best to brush!!
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