Dog and Cat Teeth Care and Cleaning
Veterinary dentistry in general practice has radically changed in the last 5 years.
80% of adult dogs and 70% of adult cats have some form of oral disease
The standard of care now includes dental radiography, along with oral nerve blocks and gingival flaps for all extractions. General anesthesia is required, and decisions are based on complete dental radiography.
Advanced dental care with board certified dentists is also available and includes root canals, braces, implants etc. just as in human medicine.
Your pet’s mouth is a breeding ground for bacteria and plaque accumulation leading to periodontal disease and systemic spread to other bodily organs if left unchecked. Infection in the periodontal space leads to pain, tooth and bone loss, and bacterial seeding of the heart, liver and kidneys.
Preventive care involves brushing/gum stimulation and needs to be done at least 3 to 4 times a week, if you want to make a difference in your pet’s oral health. We recommend only scientifically proven plaque removing products (Veterinary Oral Health Council ie. VOHC certified). Plus, by looking in your pet’s mouth while you are brushing, you will be more aware of any abnormalities (oral masses, bad breath, missing teeth) or the increased redness of the gums (gingivitis) that indicates periodontal disease and the need for a trip to the “animal dentist”.
Even with home care, animals still need to have periodic professional cleanings done. Usually smaller dogs should have their teeth cleaned earlier and more often because their teeth are more crowded in their mouths. Bigger dogs may not develop tartar as quickly but their mouths should be monitored closely for any broken teeth. Cats are all individuals and should be examined closely for any excessive gingivitis which may be an indication of some special cat diseases like resorptive lesions or stomatitis/gingivitis syndrome.
We feel so strongly about dental care that we offer free dental consultations on any pet and will be happy to show you how to take care of your pet’s teeth.
We also feel every month should be “dental” month, so we offer 10% off dental-related services if you just ask for it (other discounts do not apply).