We believe preventive
dentistry is much better for your pet's overall good health than waiting
until there are significant oral problems present. The costs for dentals
are skyrocketing due to the increased technology now available to
diagnose, treat, and prevent dental disease. Dental radiographs, root
planing, periodontal treatments and more are now considered to be the
standard of care. Many, if not all of these expensive procedures can be
avoided with early (before periodontal disease occurs) dental
cleanings known as a routine ultrasonic scaling and polishing. To
encourage early intervention we offer free dental exams and a relatively
inexpensive dental for young dogs (usually less than 5 years of
age) that qualify. Other more time consuming dentals are given
estimates based upon the stage of dental disease (Grade 1,2 or 3).
Gum or tooth infections
can directly affect your pet's heart, liver, and kidneys if left
untreated. The constant swallowing of infected saliva can lead to
chronic recurrent sore throats and bronchitis. These diseases are very
difficult to cure once the cycle of infection and scarring are
initiated. Once again, prevention is so much better for the pet.
Small breed dogs,
especially many of the short or flat nosed breeds are most prone
to poor mouth
health as they mature because of dental crowding. They may need more
dental care over the course of their lifetimes than larger breeds or
longer nosed dogs.
Cats can get tooth
lesions called resorptive lesions. They can be painful and can cause
mouth irritation when eating or grooming. Gingivitis (gum disease) can
cause mouth irritation and the same signs as resorptive lesions.
General signs of dental
disease in dogs and cats:
1. Bad breath
2. Brownish staining or build up on teeth. (Plaque or calculus)
3. Difficulty eating or chewing, or eating more slowly.
4. Loose teeth.
5. Facial swelling especially below the eye.
Any or all of these signs
may be present and require dental attention. Not all pets will show
signs but may still be in need of dental care.
Oral exams at home are
recommended along with a yearly visit to us for a general check up.
Annual vaccines can also be done at that time.
In general when we clean
your pet's teeth, it is done under general anesthesia. This allows us to
examine the mouth and clean much more thoroughly than most pets will
allow when they are awake. A CBC and blood chemistries are done prior to
anesthesia. Radiographs, or x-rays of teeth may be taken at this time to
help determine if a tooth can be saved or needs to be extracted.
Some types of tooth
injuries may be able to be evaluated for bonding procedures. Periodontal
treatments may also be done at this time to prevent future tooth loss.
Your pet's oral care is
important to us in order to help keep your pet in the best health
possible. We offer these services to your pet:
1. Ultrasonic scale and polish
2. Root Scaling
3. Periodontal Treatments (if needed)
4. Oral radiography
5. Extractions (if needed)
We recommend any of the
following at home dental care:
1. Tooth brushing
2. Oral rinses
3. Water additives
4. Tartar reducing foods or diets (available as
a dry food)